You might think I’m kidding but the best piece of advice I have ever received was “When you feel overwhelmed just lock yourself in the bathroom and avoid Mama meltdown!”. I laughed out loud when I was told this. Until my kids were 6 and […]
I just want to start this off by saying this is my own opinion, experience and journey through Postpartum Depression (PPD). Everyone’s journey is different and everyone’s opinion is valid Ps. For anyone currently struggling… I have been there, I hate being there, I past […]
We all know the deal, you pour a bubble bath, slap on a face mask, listen to a podcast, listen to music or catch up on that article you’ve been wanting to read…this is the life, bubbles and self care for you Mom… and your darling child wakes
the fuck up. AHHH the frustration
But what if you could still do all these things. Let’s face it, we all know self care for Moms is extremely important. You need to care for yourself first before you can be the best Mama Bear you want to be
But How? My kiddos never leave my side!
There are a couple of options here that work for me at home. Let’s be clear here, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get a full spa day at home while the kids are playing like angels with toys (reality check; that never happens). Self care doesn’t mean an entire day dedicated to you, although that would be lovely. But there are ways to bring in some self care, teach you’re angels a well needed lesson, and possibly have 5 minutes of self care and family time.
Bring the kids in on the Self Care for Mom vibes
Why not get everyone in their bathing suits, hop in the bath tub and put on those face masks together? Sometimes the tiny humans need a break too and that’s great, chances are… they might actually enjoy it too.
My kids will start opening up to me more when we are doing something like a ‘mini spa day’ (aka, bubble bath with face masks, and painting our nails after). They might actually tell me how crazy school was that week, or finally spill the beans on what truly was bothering them that week.
If anything, you are showing your kiddos that taking a break to take care of yourself is just as important as doing their homework. Maybe it is something they will carry with them into adulthood and that is great news!
Dare I suggest… A movie!
Let us all take a deep breath… and put on a damn movie for the little devils. If you are stressed the f*ck out, running in a million different directions, and yelling at anything that moves (me.. I do this). Are you really the bestest Mama in the world right now? No…you are a stressed out, anxiety ridden hot mess and you need a freaking bubble bath okay?!
Switch it up a little
So this is a constant thing? Every single time you try to do anything (tweeze that unibrow you have going on, wax off that mustache, it ain’t pretty I am aware) the kids are interrupting you.
Try changing your timing. Do you have 10 minutes after the kids get on the bus and you leaving for work? Is bedtime a struggle? Or is it those crazy busy weekends? Try getting 5-10 minutes in here and there. Something as simple as painting your toes can really make you feel on top of the world. Or make an appointment after work one day, something close to school or work, where you can get a quick eyebrow wax or whatever tickles your fancy.
Whatever works for you then great! We all have different households and schedules and whatever helps you get some me time (or self care, whatever you want to call it) then keep doing it! Remember, you need to be your best self to properly take care of tiny humans.
Well, my kid is an asshole. She can be a dick too. She’s that kid that will push you to the brink of exhaustion and frustration, then look you right in the eye and say “you are my bestest friend Mama” (adorable right?? Ulterior motive) […]
I think we can all agree that while we aren’t stuck in the kitchen making lunches, pulling our hair out helping with homework, or struggling to get the kids in bed on time… Summer holidays still suck. The kids are hot, sticky, and smell of this really nice mixture of bug spray and sunscreen (I swear there is an oil slick of sunscreen now permanently encrusted around my bathtub from now until September). I also believe that us parents need a break…(or that’s what I say to myself while passing out tablets one by one so I can have a chocolate bar in the bathroom without sharing). So here it is fellow Mom Tribe, a list of 5 of the Best Free Apps that are mildly education (you can thank me later) and could save you from losing your mind the next 8 weeks (go eat your chocolate bar in the bathroom Mama!)
1. YouTube Kids
I feel like this is a no-brainer but it is a very worthy number 1. You can control settings to protect your children from the world, and the world from your children.
Before YouTube Kids my oldest would come into the kitchen to tell me what Lions hunt and I wasn’t prepared for that conversation at her age so…. Thanks YouTube Kids!
2. WhatsApp Messenger
This app has been great for my oldest who is working on her reading and writing skills. We have Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and trusted friends adding their list and they can text as well as video call all for free. My girls have been known to call and ask for sleepovers, which is adorable. It’s also handy to keep in touch with relatives who live far away, or when a loved one is at work. A big favorite in our house!
Yes, Pinterest, you did read t
hat right in a list for kids. If they are pinning foods they want to try, snacks, desserts, crafts they want to do or anything else it is a win in my house. Nothing is worse than setting up an amazing Pinterest craft you’ve found. Buying all the supplies, setting up the biggest table you can find, bringing the kids in and they go …”ugh, okay whatever”. Clearly, they weren’t as thrilled as you about making the perfect owl card with 6 different kinds of sparkly bits.
4. Toca Life: World
It can be best described as a Sims game for kids. They can customize their own player, try different story lines, build, create and explore. This is not as educational as the others on the list but very entertaining for the tiny humans.
5. Seek by iNaturalist
It is an app for identifying then describing the wildlife around you using your phones camera. This app would be great for weekend camping trips, holidays you and your family might be taking this summer and even day outings to the park or wherever you choose to venture!
Well parental units, that’s my family grand list of App must haves this summer. Let me what you think if you give them a try and if you can think of any others…help a Mama out in the comments. May the odds be ever in your favor this Summer!
Short but sweet, just a little bit about me at Aimlesslee… longer version ->http://www.aimlesslee.com/about-me I’ve been given the privilege to be the Mama of two beautiful little girls who test my patience on an hourly basis. I work from home full time and I am […]