7 Kid-Care Strategies That Work for Moms, Too

7 Kid-Care Strategies That Work for Moms, Too

Need some TLC? Take a page from your own parenting playbook to feel better fast.

By Lorraine Allen

Moms deserve a gold star, every day, for all the care they provide for their families. While much of it goes unmentioned, the list of things mothers do to care for their growing children is literally endless. We feed them, bathe them, clothe them, cuddle them, tend to them when they are sick. We encourage them, support them, surprise them, humor them, educate and discipline them. We organize their lives in so many ways. And though no one is perfect, and many moms feel frazzled, we do a good job, for the most part.

The only downfall is that many moms are often too exhausted to focus on their own care by the end of the day. Thankfully, it just so happens that a lot of common parenting strategies can easily be applied to ourselves, to help us feel better, too. Here’s how:

1. Feeling like you want to throw a toddler-style tantrum over some super-frustrating issue that you can’t resolve? You can't have a paci, but try sucking on something tasty like an ice pop or peppermint candy to feel calmer and happier in a flash.

2. Feeling blue, like someone rained on your parade at the playground? Cuddle up with your hubby or your little ones and watch a favorite show or have them read (or make up) a story.

3. Tense and stressed? Blow some bubbles, or blow up a balloon. You'll be forced to take some deep breaths in the process, which helps calm the mind and body.

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4. Rundown and in need of a second wind in a hurry? Try jumping rope, bouncing on a trampoline, or running around the block once to get your adrenaline going and energy boosted. Or, if you’re too beat to even consider that, take a catnap. They’re not just for kids!


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5. Tired of your same old routine? Climb a tree or make use of the monkey bars and swings at the playground. You’ll have tons of invigorating fun (with or without your kids!) while doing it.

6. Bored or restless? Borrow your kids' blocks, crayons, or paint, and just make something. No one will be judging your skills; just enjoy the calming, meditative benefits of creative play.

7. Stuck in a rut or lonely? Set up a regular playdate or coffee date with a friend or neighborhood mom.

How do you care for yourself when you’re in a slump?

Lorraine Allen is a writer and mom to one spunky first-grader and one squirrel-obsessed dog. You can follow their allergy-friendly cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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