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How To Take Care Of Yourself (as the mom)

by Amelia on June 11, 2009
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Here are ten ideas for taking care of yourself:

1. Create a babysitting swap group with a group of mom friends.  When it’s your turn to drop off the kids take a book to Starbucks and drink some coffee.  Errands, shmerrands!

2. Have your husband put your kids to bed while you take a long, luxurious bath instead.  Make sure you tell him thanks! 

3. Turn off the TV an hour earlier than you normally would and go to bed early.  In the morning you won’t care who got voted out of Here Come the Newlyweds, I promise!

4. Take a leisurly, post-dinner walk with or without the family to unwind a bit before tackling the bedtime routine.  

5. Trade off with another couple once a month and swap babysitting each other’s kids so you and husband can go out on a date.  You need time to connect with your husband!

6. Fix yourself a healthy lunch rather than eating the kid’s leftovers.

7. Fruit punch concentrate+pineapple juice+coconut rum+ice in blender=YUM! Even better when served to you by your shirtless husband :)

8. On summer nights after the kids are in bed, sit on the porch, patio, or deck while you listen to the birds.  No writing lists for tomorrow, no talking on the phone….just sit and enjoy the sounds.

9. Take a nap while your little ones are sleeping.  If you have non-nappers, stick in a movie for them and take a nap.  And don’t feel guilty about it!

10. Have sex with the hubster more often!  Read this article from MSNBC to read about how studies say sex is good for you!

Have a happy Thursday!

6 Responses to How To Take Care Of Yourself (as the mom)

  • Comment by Dawn
    June 11, 2009 @ 11:04 am

    I did No. 9 the other day and I’m doing No. 5 tonight with Dave! Yay!

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    Comment by Natalie
    June 11, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    This was a great reminder! THanks for the post!

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    Comment by Amy
    June 12, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    4- We take a walk almost every night after dinner. It’s such a great way to talk, exercise, run into friends, and wind down the day.

    2- My hubby puts the baby to bed every night. Too bad I have to run to the office to work instead of the suggested bubble bath!

    5- You mentioned “date”… what’s that? ;)

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    Comment by Karrine
    June 15, 2009 @ 7:37 am

    number 8 is close to what helps me keep my sanity ;) I sit our on my lawn (its rather private which ensure the neighbours don’t think I’m nuts !) and meditate watching the starts for about 10 minutes each war m dry night …..

  • Comment by Amanda
    June 17, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    I really liked this post. These are great ideas!! I need to sit out on the deck after the kids are asleep more often. And of course my hubs love number 10. :)

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