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Studies show that parents who are stressed negatively affect their children. Taking care of yourself as a mom or dad is crucial for the health of the entire family.
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Laid-Back Parenting Is My Parenting Style
You probably read that and felt some sort of instant judgement. Or maybe a sense of relief because you feel the same way parenting. The truth is, there are some things that I am strict on as a parent, however there are far more things that I simply hang loose on.
One motto I really live by as a mom: I Need To Have Time For Myself
I know you sometimes feel bad about having one lazy day to yourself. Your feelings are exactly why you need a break. Even God rested on the seventh day of creation. (I don’t think God had to rest, but I do think he was trying to set an example for his creation to follow.)
I’m not going to lie, I love my busy and crazy life and I also equally enjoy living life to the fullest. Having new experiences. Traveling. Getting a puppy and starting my own blog. Having a full time job on top of my blog and being an active mom.
However, sometimes I can get exhausted from having something planned every THIRTY SECONDS!
The best parenting advice that I have ever received:
One of the best things I can do as a mom is to have a LAZY DAY.
How lazy are we talking here?
I’m talking about the type of lazy where the couch is your best friend lazy.
Making sure you spread the self-love on yourself is important. Health tips don’t only apply to your kids. They apply to you (and your spouse if you have one) and everyone around you.
This picture ↑↑↑ was taken on was on a Sunday in Minnesota in April. The snow was falling HARD (yes, there was a snowstorm in Minnesota in the MIDDLE OF April) and we felt like NOT DOING ANYTHING.
We were kind-of depressed that the weather was so fierce when there was supposed to be April showers. Looking back, I’m laughing because it’s hit over 100% here in May. Minnesota is so funny.
On that gloomy day however I wasn’t laughing at Minnesota’s weather, I was crying in agony.
We humans are so impatient and I should probably appreciate more the beautiful seasons that God gives us, blizzards and all. (I’m ungrateful.)
Anyways, I finally told myself, we need a lazy day. And it was and the day was good.
So if your thinking that you need some TLC, here are a few great pointers to help you along.
- Let your kids have that screen time
- Find something that helps you relax, if at all possible. Read a book. Soak in the tub with the lights off, a bath bomb and listening to Enya.
- If your restless and need to get out of the house, do something relaxing such as going to get some good food or seeing a family movie.
- If you like to get things done, try to pick one thing to get done on your to-do list. Have your children help out on a chore themselves.
- Remind yourself that you are human and everyone’s lives work better if your happy. You need to be present which means that you need to be mentally rested.
- Remember that your kid needs rest as well. They could also probably use a lazy-day so it’s a win-win for everyone.
If you need more help to really get yourself relaxed, read this guide on why it’s important to take care of yourself as well as a more comprehensive plan to help you keep taking care of yourself. It’s important for each family members to have their needs taken care of, and that includes MOM. (YOU!!!!!)
-Holly, the imperfect momma.