Being a mom is a full time job and not an easy one at that. Moms are every day super heroes- getting the kids ready for school, keeping the house together, cooking, laundry, all while making sure not to neglect ourselves in the process. If you notice yourself getting overwhelmed at times, here are a few tips, tricks and products to help ease up the day to day efforts.
It's The Little Things That Make The Big Difference
Cooking can be it's own battle. There's nothing more frustrating than asking what everyone wants for dinner to hear a bunch if "I don't know" or different requests entirely. However, once you get past that, it's pretty much a breeze. Well, until it's time to clean up.
Doing the dishes definitely isn't everyone's favorite task at the end of the night or the start of the morning so it's necessary to make it as quick and enjoyable as possible. And, to do that, I've become obsessed with ScrubDaddy. It's my absolute favorite scrub for doing the dishes. I will not buy another sponge ever again. There's multiple textures for all different types of cleaning and they don't ever get smelly.
Another thing that Tyler and I have learned through the years is the importance of organizing. Everything has a home and there's a home for everything. Personally, we keep bins, and plenty of them. Children can make it tough to keep the house together and organized but having bins for everything has made is easy and quick to put things away and also teach the kids organization of their own.
Patience, patience and more patience. This isn't a tangible thing but it's a very important thing. It's important to remember you as a youngster. While kids are curious about the very large world around them, they also think that they know everything at times. All of us parents have experienced the talk back or the poor listening skills.
However, it's important to be patient in those moments because those are the moments that shaping your children and also yourself as a parent. In no way is this easy but be conscious of it as best as you can. This will not only be good with the kids and your family but also will keep peace within yourself.
You Time Is A Life Hack In Itself
Being in a relationship, raising kids and keeping a home together takes a lot out of you. And, in the process of all of it it's easy to forget about yourself. Naturally we put everything else first because we believe that we will be able to manage ourselves no matter how much it may exhaust us. Although that might be true in the beginning of things, eventually it all catches up to you. So, to beat the crash, establish YOU time from the start. You deserve an hour at minimum a day to give to yourself.
Time for yourself could be anything.
- reading a book
- a salon appointment
- laying on the hammock outside or on your grass
- catching up with an old friend
- treating yourself to coffee or tea
- a nap
- an hour of just complete silence somewhere
- watching a show that you truly enjoy
- hanging out with your pet