Summer can be tough for stay at home moms. All of a sudden, any few minutes you had when your kiddos were going to school are out the window. Those few hours during the school year were precious, and now they are filled with kids looking to you for constant attention! YIKES.
Heading to the splash pads, the pool, and endless playdates can tire out even the most seasoned mom as they tote their tots around town. I know on a few occasions where I, myself, have been on the urge of losing it due to the fact there are no breaks over these summer months.
Here are a few tips to stay sane as we get through these next few months, and look forward to those back to school commercials so we can send those little anklebiters back to the teachers! HA.
- Get out of the house. Sometimes, going stir crazy is what is killing everyone's sanity. If it's a quick trip to the park, a grocery trip run, or even Target, do it. Grab a cup of coffee from the Starbucks inside, and let your kids play with toys in the aisles for free! It'll kill time, all the while sipping some frap.
- Your house being dirty is OKAY. Repeat it to yourself if you have to. You will go insane if you try to pick up every toy right after they play with it. All those magazines that have picture perfect homes with kids and no toys on the ground are edited! Do not strive for that! Focus on the fact that your kids are entertained and do one big sweep at the end of the day!
- Buy paper plates. Use them for quick snacks/lunches or when you have playdates! Kids don't care and you'll have less dishes from at least one meal time during the day. Your tired hands will thank you at the end of the day from not washing another mickey mouse plate.
- Cereal or eggs for dinner. It's never hurt anybody. Just do it.
- Try to take a night for yourself once in a while. Have your husband, or hire a babysitter to come watch the kiddos while you get out. If you want some quiet time, head to Barnes and flip through some magazines! Or, see if a friend is willing to meet you for dessert or a quick drink. Having some adult time and adult conversations can do wonders for the mom brain.
- Bribery is ok. Whether you use a new toy, TV, candy, or ice cream to achieve the result you wanted, know that it's alright. We can't win all the time, and it's alright to give in sometimes.
- Laugh. I know it can be tough but all those times where you wanted to cry, just do a fake laugh. Like when your toddler spills milk all over the floor. Or another diaper blowout (time to move up to the next size eh?) These moments are what you'll remember and laugh at in a few years. May as well fake it til' you make it there!
All in all, do what you need to do to survive. Motherhood isn't perfect, and you don't need to be either! Stay sane mamas!