Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MTT :: Finding Time for Mom

As Mom, we pack our days full of activities and commitments geared towards everyone else that we often time forget about ourselves. As Connor has gotten older, I've discovered that I need breaks. Moments when I can do something for me, without my sidekick. These "me moments" always leave me feeling happier, less stressed and a bit more balanced as a person.

When I'm feeling overwhelmed, it's usually when we've been going, going and going and I haven't had the chance to spend time doing something that I enjoy, something for just me. Once I became a Mom, I quickly discovered that when I do things for myself, I am revamping myself mentally, emotionally and physically.

The biggest issue I have with "me moments" is time. It's really tough for me to find time when I'm home all day with Connor and then want to spend time with James as a family in the evenings and weekends. Realizing that I need to make time for myself a priority, I came up with a handful of ways for Moms to find time for themselves.

Wake Up Early
I have found that getting up earlier than my family is my sure fire way to get more accomplished, even if it means needing that afternoon coffee to help make it through the day. Even if it's just 20-30 minutes earlier than Connor, I'm usually able to tackle a handful of things without my pint sized helper. Additionally, I use this time to plan out our day, preparing lists, bags, lunches, etc.

Use Nap & Quiet Time Wisely
Nap and quiet time is the perfect time to spend time your way. Connor gets movie time each afternoon since he no longer naps. We pop in a movie and for 60-90 minutes, he snuggles Blue on the couch, leaving me time to things I enjoy. I usually prep dinner and straighten up a bit before relaxing with a book or working on my blog.

I know I'm not the only Mom who likes a bit of silence from time to time. When I was in TX, a girlfriend and I would watch each others children so that we could run errands, clean house or visit the doctor without having to do so with a child in tow. By sharing the responsibility of caring for her daughter, I gave my girlfriend a couple hours to herself and likewise for me when she would watch Connor.

In-home Play Dates
Team up with a few moms with similar aged children and have kids over for a play date in your home. The safe, secure environment of your home allows the kiddies to play while you have some one on one time with others mothers. During the colder months in Ohio, these play dates will be priceless. Not only will we not have to get out in the gross weather but we are somewhat safe from all the winter germs.

Get out of the house. Schedule a Mom's Night Out with a group of friends and spend time doing something you love. Looking for ideas? Check out the post I wrote last year: 10 Ideas for Mom's Night Out. I love having a reason to do my hair and makeup and to get out of comfy clothes. Along the same lines of getting out of the house to do something fun, plan a once a month date night with your partner. You're not the only who needs a break I'm sure!

Spending my days with Connor is the absolute best. I love being able to go to parks, play pretend and cuddle up during movie time but it is also important to spend some time relaxing and de-stressing yourself so that you can be the best mother and wife to your children and husband. 

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