Like ALL moms, my everyday life can get quite chaotic.
Whether we stay at home full time with the kids, work full time outside of the home and come home in the evenings to our children, or work part (or full) time from home, while still taking care of the kids, mamas do a tremendous amount of tasks, daily…
Cook nearly every meal, clean up after almost every meal, clean the house, do the laundry, take the dry cleaning, run the errands, make sure that our homes are fully stocked with the necessities, drive everyone EVERYWHERE, do the grocery shopping, give baths, get everyone dressed, help with homework, kiss the boo boos, work inside of the home, work outside of the home, story time, bedtime, wipe butts, blow runny noses, keep the tiny humans in our houses fed, changed, and HAPPY, manage the finances, wipe the tears, calm the tantrums, delegate the family schedules, plan the birthday parties, attend the play dates, buy birthday presents, handle the Christmas shopping, plan the holidays, go to all of the school activities, discipline the kiddos and so much more….
ALL while still being a WIFE, taking care of our hardworking hubbies, carving out one-on-one time with them, staying groomed to keep the romance alive (LOL), AND…
still making sure that we allocate enough time for SELF CARE.
We are the ultimate multi-taskers! CAN I GET AN AMEN FELLOW MAMAS?!?!!
With all of that said, it’s easy to see why our lives can get so chaotic, every single day. SOOOO…. how do we keep our cool and still be the “COOL”, “FUN” mama that our kids want to be around???
Well, I asked the EXPERTS:
Please note: My “experts” are four and one year olds that have taken over my world!!! LOL, but I really did ask the older one ‘what does mama do for you that you enjoy?’ and ‘what does mama do with you that makes you have fun?’
Even if it’s for five minutes, our kids want our attention and they love to play. So grab a car or a babydoll and play away. I am a ‘boy mom’ and sometimes really don’t know how to even play BOY… but they don’t care. As long as I am by their side, on the floor with toys, running around the park, or making a silly face photo shoot – they LOVE it and express how much FUN they have!!!
4. Let Them Help You Cook
Mamas are ALWAYS in the kitchen. And by always, I mean, breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner, snack, dessert, and (ahem) another snack… next time you are preparing a meal, ask your littles to come in and help you. Tell them you need special little hands to help MIX, SAUTEE, STIR, TOSS, SPREAD, or whatever you are making. Tell them that their special little hands are going to make the dish taste extra yummy!! I kid you not, they will LOVE it and love you even more for it. On top of it all, depending on what you are making, it might be fun for you as well!!!
3. Take them on a Starbucks date
Every now and then I’ll “surprise” my son with a Starbucks date. I mean, I am going to stop anyways for a mama drink, so why not turn it into a special visit with my little buddy?! Usually this is when I am in a good mood and want to treat him, but he gets so excited to get his “kid coffee” (aka…Apple Juice in a Starbucks cup or Milk) and a cake pop. For a while, this was turning into more of a routine than I wanted it to, so we went on a Starbucks hiatus for a bit. I think we are due for a mama son date later this week! 🙂
2. Impromptu Dance Parties, anytime, anywhere
Whether I am working at home and super busy and distracted, cleaning house, prepping dinner, or driving and running errands, I like to throw in a surprise, impromptu DANCE PARTY into our home or car! My boys have their playlist of songs that get excited to hear, so I’ll ask Alexa (yes, we have an Alexa and I love her solely for this dance party purpose) to play a song, pump up the volume and start dancing with my boys; they LOVE it, and hands down, 10 times out of 10, will always put this mama in a better mood!
1. BE YOU!!!
All your kids want is YOU anyways. So be yourself, spend time with them (as little or as much time as you have) HAVE FUN AND LOVE THEM HARD!!!