Are you a happy mum? Being a mother is one of life’s greatest gifts. It is all too easy, however, to get caught up in the bad things and begin complaining. The little joys start becoming just another thing for you to clean up. You begin to look back and remember how cute and innocent your child was before they got the habit of tracking flour all through the house, and storing the silverware in the microwave. Before you become jaded, try some of these simple tips to being the happiest mom you can be.
Drink a glass of water the minute you wake up. This will help you rehydrate after your two hours of sleep. Follow with a cup of coffee, more water, more coffee and close with your favorite wine.
Just because you are a mom now doesn’t mean you can’t get exercise! You need to get outside to stay sane, and fit. Some moms choose to buy a jogging stroller. Just think of the extra resistance training pushing a child or two offers! If you are lucky, a local gym may even offer childcare included with membership.
Just because your child is your new full-time job, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a vacation once in awhile. Even if it’s just for a few hours, that dinner date with the girls, or movie by yourself can keep you grounded and feeling refreshed.
It may sound crazy, but you can have kids and wear eyeliner. Many moms do it! It will make you feel better about yourself and help you feel ready for whatever the day can handle. Be adventurous and try a new look. You will be able to find something to keep your kids safely occupied for the half hour it takes to keep your skin healthy and your face looking flawless.
If it’s nap time, it’s nap time. If it’s time for food, it’s food time. No matter how badly your child thinks they can get you to break these scheduled events, don’t budge. You need nap time just as much as your kid does. Keeping their body fed at the right times will also help them sleep when they are supposed to. Even when your child is too old for nap time, you can introduce a new event like movie time, or whatever will get them out of your hair so you can enjoy your time, your way.
The point of this tip is to just get out there with your child. It will help both you and your baby. Your child will be able to play and socialize with children, which is very healthy for their development. You get to commiserate with fellow moms, and maybe even trade playdates.
This isn’t just to give yourself more free time. Independant play also teaches them how to entertain themselves. They also develop creative thinking and problem solving skills. Offer them a range of toys that keep them engaged and they can use together. Building blocks are a great way for them to learn to build whatever they want, and are also fun to play with other playsets.
Take a little bit of time out of every day to do something for yourself. Even if it’s just twenty minutes, any little bit helps. It is sometimes hard to keep up with your favorite activities when you also have a child to chase around. Don’t feel guilty letting them spend some time without you.
Have a booboo? Mom has a bandage. Oh, you need a snack? Mom has crackers. You spilled my coffee all over the carpet? Let me get the cleaning caddy. Happy moms don’t fret the small stuff and always have a plan. Keeping the supplies you need on hand will save you the stress of looking, and having to improvise.
Even when your child does something out of this world, remember to laugh a little. Join the fun when it is appropriate. Just know when the fun is something you wouldn’t like to have repeated everyday. Your child wants to make you happy, and smiling, laughing, and goofing around will please them and keep you a happy mum.