Are you feeling overwhelmed by all you have to do as a mom? A lot of moms say that their stress levels go up and down, depending on what’s happening in their homes. If things are going pretty smoothly, things are good. But, if someone gets sick, there’s a change in routine, or you’ve been cooped up in the house for days on end, it can get overwhelming pretty fast.
Sometimes just taking a few things off your plate for a few days can make a big difference. You know what’s best for you and your family. Last week my kiddos were absolutely worn out, so I decided not to send them to preschool for one day so they could get back into a calm routine. This might not be a very popular decision, but I knew that it was the right thing to do for our family.
Things to Do to Make Mom’s Life Easier
- Cancel. Is the idea of taking toddlers to swimming lessons just too much for today? Don’t go. Sure, you paid for the lessons, but if it’s going to save your sanity, go for it.
- Find a Mother’s Helper. Are there any young teens in your neighborhood that want to babysit? Talk to their parents about hiring them as an occasional Mother’s Helper. They can play with the kiddos while you get work done in the house. You’re supervising the whole time, and the teen is gaining valuable babysitting experience. After a while, they’ll know your routines and procedures. And, when they’re older, they will be ready to actually babysit for you.
- Grocery Delivery. This isn’t available everywhere, but if it is, check it out! Many grocery stores will offer delivery for an extra fee. The prices may be slightly higher, but if it keeps you from having to go to the store with three kids during a snowstorm, it’s worth it. Even if you don’t have grocery delivery in your area, you can always subscribe to Amazon Prime and have some of your dry goods delivered. I have monthly subscriptions set up for things like Pull-Ups, macaroni and cheese, and even chia seeds. The prices are very reasonable, and with Amazon Prime, the shipping is free.
- Paper plates. They may not be environmentally friendly, but these things can save lives. A day of paper plates means a day of much fewer dishes to wash. For me, that means a lot less stress. I hoard paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware for the days when I just can’t take it anymore.
- Get out of the house. Sometimes a change of scenery does a lot to diffuse the stress. When my boys were little, we would drive to a nearby commuter train station and watch the trains go by during rush hour. They were so little that we just stayed in the car and they were completely entertained. Now that they’re older, I use the McDonald’s Playplace as my emergency go-to in times of an extreme case of the wiggles.
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