Did you know it is all right to sometimes take the biggest piece of chicken so that you have energy for another day of heroic tasks? You've been busy all day being your child's teacher, mother, role model, referee, guide, cook, and housekeeper while you've changed diapers that smell and look suspiciously like someone ate something they shouldn't have put in their mouth. You are supposed to be a walking encyclopedia full of answers to so many mind-boggling questions - from simple to so complex you wonder if anyone really knows the answers. Maybe you even went to work all day. Do you feel like you are holding on by your fingernails while no one is paying attention to you? Now self-pampering is required to prepare you for the next day of monumental and seemingly unappreciated tasks.
MOM PAMPERING TIPS:
MOM PAMPERING TIPS:
- Take a shower or bubble bath - by yourself
- Take a nap while children are napping
- Read a book - just for yourself
- Cook something you enjoy eating
- Take time to be with your friends
- Exercise, dance, do yoga, stretch, take deep breaths and focus inward
- Say a mantra, "I am enough. I am a wonderful mother. I love my precious children and they love me."
- Give your child 15 minutes of uninterrupted one-on-one time, a hug, tell them you love them, then guide them to an independent play activity.
- Take time for a date with your hubby. Swap babysitting or go out late after the kids are asleep. It may be easier to talk, or beg, someone into babysitting if the kids are already in bed.
- Have hubby spend time with the kids and you get a massage, manicure, facial, or just go to the library or mall.
After some much deserved self-pampering, maybe you'll have the energy to hear your child's wish when she blows the seeds on a dandelion. And you will see the beautiful butterfly she has found on a weed. Or you can laugh as your toddler pokes a flower up his nose, in his ear, or into his mouth. You can smile and cherish the wildflower bouquet your child has picked especially for you - the most important person in their world.
"You have nothing in this world more precious than your children.
When you grow old, when your hair turns white and your body grows weary,
when you are prone to sit in a rocker and meditate on the things of your life,
nothing will be so important as the question of how your children have turned out.
. . .
Do not trade your birthright as a mother for some bauble of passing value...
The baby you hold in your arms will grow quickly as the sunrise and
the sunset of the rushing days." ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
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