Being a Mom is hard. Real hard. Life is so fast paced, and all we want as Mom’s are happy, well rounded children who do well in school, are polite, have good friends, and make good choices. Since kids don’t come with an instruction manual, here are
5 Tips to be a successful Mom.
- Take time for self care. This is more important than most Mom’s realize. We can get so busy with cleaning, and cooking, and running kids from point A to point B, that in between kissing owies, and singing Let It Go for the umpteenth jillion time, we forget that somewhere deep inside, there is a woman, as well as a Mom. Your assignment: DO something you love everyday. IT doesn’t have to be the same thing, just something. Take a bubble bath. Go to Target. Call a friend. Eat some chocolate in the car before waling in the door- SOMETHING.
- Learn to Laugh. Life is funny. Nothing si going to be perfect, and there are days that you are going to want to break down, and cry like a newborn inconsolable baby- but everything works out. Next time your want to cry because your toddler smears poop all over the wall, try to laugh. When she is in high school, and going on her first date, I promise, you will want this ammunition, and you look back and you WILL laugh.
- To do, or not to do. Start a check list. Get in a routine of waking up, even if it is just 10 minutes before your kids, and making a checklist. If you want to hit snooze one more time, then you can do this in the silence of the bathroom in the notes section of your phone if need be! Make a list. Cross it off as you go. Feel accomplished when it’s done.
- Quit trying to keep up with the Joneses. Forget what the books say. Forget what your Mom says. Forget what Sally Sue from down the street says. YOU know your kid better than anyone else in this entire world. Nine times out of ten, you truly do need to go with your gut on parenting. When should I potty train? When do I begin teaching them to drive? Should I take away his phone as a punishment? Should she even have a phone? Go. With. Your. Gut.
- Learn to say no. This is easier said than done. Successful Moms know where to draw the line. Whether it be in service, in party planning, in recreation, in volunteering, in church, in EVEYRHTING! Sometimes, it really is okay to say no. You can’t do it all, Super Mom! Only put as much as you can handle into your busy schedule.
These five tips are the perfect start to you to be the most successful Mom that you can be!
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” Sharon Jaynes
Heather McGilvray, LPC Intern Supervised by Christy Graham, LPC-S