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5 Tips for Staying Sane as a Stay-At-Home Mom

If not completely exhausting, being a stay-at-home mom can be physically and emotionally challenging. The tasks of chasing after toddlers, constantly cleaning up, prepping dinners, juggling household chores, grocery shopping, and trying to console a crying infant can stress out even the strongest of moms. It’s important to take small steps to keep you  from losing your grip and stay balanced. In raising resilient, happy, physically and emotionally kids self-preservation is the key. No, this is not selfishness at all! After discussing this issue with moms who have made the important decision to be “career” stay-at-home parents I have tried and successful key tips for stay-at-home Moms.

5 Tips for Staying Sane as a Stay-at home Moms

1. Wake up early – before everyone else. Take this precious quiet time to exercise, shower, and prepare/plan for the day ahead.

2. Get out of the house with the kids. Run short errands together, have a picnic lunch in the park with other moms, unwind at the playground, go to the pool for a couple of hours before the kids’ naps, build a snowman, join a play group.Take a brisk walk. You get the picture! Socialization is imperative for emotional health for both moms and kids.

3. Prepare a daily schedule. Don’t put things off until they seem insurmountable tasks. However, don’t cram too many chores in any one day. Pace yourself. That’s the beauty of making a schedule and sticking to it. If you can, and it’s appropriate, include your children in the work to be done, even if it is in some small way. It only takes a few well designed designated moments to get on the ball.

4. Cut out a least one chore for your schedule. I successfully cut out ironing. I only bought wash and wear, wrinkle free clothes.  Perhaps get your partner on board. Give him/her a important chore that you absolutely dislike. Try it, it’s worth a try.

5. Take time for yourself. Take a class one evening a week. Rest when your kids rest, if at all possible. Get a babysitter and meet friends for lunch. It is important for you to find quality time for yourself, and develop your own interests.

6. You, more than anyone else, know your stressors. Think up a creative way to work around , rearrange your schedule, and relieve unnecessary stress from your busy life. Above all be flexible!

I hope these tips will help you gain more time and stay sane while being a stay-at-home Mom!

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7 Best Parenting Inspirational Sayings

Are you being a positive influence on your kids? Even when you try, and give it your all, you still may find yourself in the middle of uncontrolled circumstances and old ways of doing things. The most important way to love and nurture your kids is to reflect a positive attitude. This is crucial because your children look up to you and say what you say, and do what you do. You are the most important influence in their little lives.

In striving to be a positive role model for your kids my pick for the 7 Best Parenting Inspirational Sayings may help you. Take some time to read them, think about them, and reflect how you can incorporate  at least one or two of them into your daily life with your kids. You may be delightfully surprised at the unexpected results!

1. One thing I know for sure about raising children is that every single day a kid needs discipline….but also every single day a kid needs a break. —–Anne Larmott

2. There are only two lasting bequests you can give your children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.—–Goethe

3. Tell me I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me, and I learn. —–Benjamin Franklin

4. The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.—–Confucius

5. Learn to look at the world as your kids do, and you’ll see an entire universe of new possibilities.—–Unknown

6. The most important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil. —–Walt Disney

7.  All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. —–Ralph Waldo Emerson

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