It sounds pretty extreme, but don’t worry. This post isn’t here to scare you. It is an important subject.
Do you have a mom survival guide? If not, you should!
Less than a week later even the most well taken care of moms are realizing that the glow of Valentine’s Day has worn off. All of us moms are back to the normal thank-less mom routine, right? Don’t let this slump get you down. This is a time to rely on your mom survival guide. It doesn’t have to be anything written down, but more of a memory bank of things to rely on to get you through the day.
All In This Together
Number one thing to remember is that we are all in this together. Other things to focus on to keep your sanity in your darkest mom days are:
- stay healthy mentally
- know your job description
- don’t try to reinvent the wheel
Your family will thank you if you can focus on these key elements and tuck them away in your mom survival guide for later.
I know a lot of my more strict christian friends shy away from meditation because of it’s Hindu and Buddhist religions, but fear not, you’re not straying from your christian roots by trying meditation. If you have reservations about the practice, an alternative would be to set aside 15-20 minutes to read passages from the bible, or even just sit still in one spot away from the kids and other distractions. This “stop and smell the roses” time, at least for me can be just as refreshing as a nap on some days.
If you haven’t read my post from last year on being a zookeeper, I recommend reading what is a comedic take on how similar a mom’s job description and a zookeeper’s job descriptions are. After writing this post I realized that I shouldn’t take motherhood so seriously. I don’t by any means think that you shouldn’t take the care of your children lightly, but if you can do it with a sense of humor and realize that all mothers are going through what you’re going through (and a few zookeepers out there too) you might have a little more fun with things!
Organize Your Life
Even with a light mood, organizational skills will save you a lot of sleepless nights. In Mommy Time Management Shouldn’t Be Complicated, I explain how I use Google Calendar to help me remember all the appointments, school schedules and sports lessons for my kids. Don’t stop with a Calendar. I’ve recently started to use Grocery Gadget to streamline my grocery shopping lists and Wunderlist for my electronic to-do list as well as a paper planner using the Bullet Journal method. This all may sound like a lot of things, but really each just helps me keep track of my life since in those early mommy days the lack of sleep really is a killer of your memory.
Be Open to Advice
The thing I think all moms need to repeat over and over again is to listen to all the advice that comes your way. You may not use all of it, but at least listen to it and tuck it away in your Mom Survival Guide for later. You may find something that works well for you and your family from the most unlikely place!
- When you have a 1-2 year old who likes to take off their diaper… take a pair of feetie pajamas and cut the feet off. Zip them into the pajamas backwards and you basically have locked them into their clothes!
- When your child refuses to go to school. Tell them they have to go to school to tell the teacher. This has worked 100% of the time for my preschooler.
Do you have any tricks you use with your kids that you think ALL MOMS SHOULD KNOW? Share them in the comments!