You have given up your high-powered career to stay home with your little people. You value your time with them, but there is no time left for you. The days and nights get so……long.
- The TV is not your enemy. A well timed, 30 minute video, when everyone is cranky can do wonders for your mental health.
- Allow a grandparent or dear friend to care for your children one sunny afternoon. This can be a marvelous break for all of you.
- Keep perspective. Pinterest is not reality. Don’t hold yourself up to an artificial standard.
- Allow yourself to be “good enough”. The perfect holiday meal/Xmas dress/handmade costume/decorated cake are not reflections of good parenting.
- Squeeze out a bit of time each week for a hobby you love. (Even if it’s at 5:00 in the morning.)
- Even kids who don’t nap need “resting minutes” during mid-day. Children can rest with “eyes open” or “eyes closed”, but young bodies need that refreshment. So do you.
- Take time to look at pictures of your children when they were younger. Smile and remember the joyful moments you shared together. Remind yourself there will be more…