Ask any mom, having kids is tough. Making sure they get the attention and care they deserve but also have enough time for your self and work from home to make ends meet for your family. Not only do you have to run around after them all day, but you don’t even get a full night of sleep either! Right then when Ami was just about a year old I really struggled with commuting to work and luckily, there are some tactics you can use to ease the strain and make things a little easier on yourself. Read on to find out who they are.
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
First off, moms can be so hard on themselves, and this can only add to the burden they are carrying. In fact, it’s so important to be realistic with what you expect from both yourself and your kids as they grow up.
Things will not be perfect all the time, and that is OK. You will get tired and cross sometimes, and that is OK as well. Just remember that being a mom is more of a marathon than a sprint and it’s OK to pace yourself and show a little compassion now and again.
Ask for help when you need it.
Next, you can certainly make being a mom easier at times by asking for some help. There’s no shame in this either, as no person is an island and we all need a little support sometimes. Of course, your first port of call is likely to be the kid’s dad who can help you will all sorts of stuff including the practical tasks, and even by providing you with a little respite time by looking after the kids himself!
There are plenty of other folks that can help you out when you need it too, including family members and mommy friends. In fact, sometimes it can help no end to have a chat with someone that is going through exactly the same thing as you and can empathize.
Get organized ahead of time
Also, getting as organized as possible can make a big difference when you are a mom. In fact, it can give you the peace on mind that you need to sleep at night, as well as the flexibility to head out on a spontaneous adventure with the kids for a day, rather than getting bogged down in all that preparation.
It only takes being organized in the small things to lighten your load, as well, like making sure you have researched local medical and dental services before your child is born, or that you have some spare baby food in the freezer that you can pack up quick if you want to head out for the day.
Take some me time.
Last of all, being a mom is a 24/7 job, and it can get to the point where you can’t remember what it is like to have more than 30 seconds on your own. Of course, this can be draining, especially if you are someone that previously needed a lot of alone time in which to compress.
Therefore it’s vital that you take some me time now and again, even if you are a mom. It’s not selfish, or a luxury! In fact, it just you doing what you need to do to stay sane and survive, so leave them with dad and enjoy your time alone mom, you’ve earned it!
Gracina Estrella – Cabanog is a Digital Marketing and Growth Strategist for Businesses. She is a mother of two and a wife to a tech geek. When she is offline she cooks, watch TV and hangs out with friends and family on the beach. Join her free Facebook Community of Social Media Marketing Learners, too! She is the founder of the startup SparkHiveMedia.com