Being a mom is THE hardest job in the world. As a mom, you put your life on hold so that you can care for your child. Maybe you stop working to be a stay-at-home mom, or maybe you stop enjoying your hobby just to spend quality time playing Legos. You unconditionally love your child, and you know that you would do anything in the world to protect them and make them happy. Because of this, you are a superhero.
Everyone knows that a superhero’s life isn’t always easy, and moms need to find ways to take the pressure off of being mom, even if it’s only for a few minutes every day. While your job is always going to be tough, the following four tips can help to make it a smidge easier every now and then.
1. Get organized.
As a mom, you not only have to take control of your own life, but you also need to responsible for your kids’ lives, your pets, and even your husband or partner. Instead of running around like a crazy person, get yourself organized. This will help ensure you don’t miss that work meeting and that your kid doesn’t miss soccer practice or forget to bring a treat to school for a class party. Many people have their own way of getting organized, so choose which option works best for you. You can stick with the traditional paper calendar, or you can use reminders and calendars on your smartphone or tablet to help you. You also need to make sure you have one set place for your child’s school/extracurricular activity notes. This way, instead of scrambling through your home trying to find that permission slip, you’ll know exactly where to look. While there’s no set way to get organized, it’s important that you do it.
2. Invest in the right furniture.
Face it. Your children are destructive and messy. It’s normal, but it can drive you crazy when your$5,000 couch is stained with grape juice or you’re constantly scraping peanut butter off the underside of your dining room table. Although you love to have nice things, it’s important for your sanity that you choose the right furniture. For example, use wood or plastic chairs in your home instead of cloth ones. These are much easier to clean up, and they will still look stylish. You should also opt for leather (or faux leather) couches too, as these are usually easier to wipe down than a fabric couch. By having the right furniture in your home, you’ll spend less time cleaning messes.
3. Pick your battles wisely.
You know that you’re the mom and you are always right, but your children have ways of arguing with you over everything. Instead of constantly fighting with them over everything, pick your battles wisely. For example, instead of fighting with your child about eating their vegetables at dinner, find ways to hide vegetables in your child’s food, such as by using vegetable-based pasta sauce in spaghetti. This way, you can stop nagging at them during dinner and be happy knowing they still got the nutrients they needed. Knowing which battles to pick, and which ones to cleverly work your way around, will help you keep your sanity throughout the day.
4. Stop comparing yourself.
The worst thing you can do as a mom is to compare yourself to other moms out there, but every mom does it. You are never going to feel good about yourself, or your parenting skills, if you are constantly trying to determine if you are doing things the “right” way. Plus, you won’t let it go if you constantly compare yourself to the mom who seems to have it all together. (Hint: she probably doesn’t.) You need to stop worrying about how what you’re doing and how you’re raising your family compares to everyone else. If you don’t, you’re only going to stress yourself out, and you’ll be spending far too much time trying to figure out what to do differently. It’s not worth it. As long as your children are happy and healthy, you’re doing a great job as a mom. Remember that.
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