You know how everyone always gives advice before you have a kid? Prior to having Jonas, we heard all the horror stories about kids getting sick. We were told “your child will get sick ALL time”, “you won’t sleep a wink when they’re sick”, and “the whole house gets sick when one does.” So we mentally prepared for it. Fast forward to Jonas’s first birthday. He had two extremely minor colds during his whole first year of life. It was a miracle according to everyone!
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It’s late Monday afternoon. You’ve had a long day at work or at home taking care of the kids and are counting down the hours until bedtime. But wait… what about dinner? Ugh! Now you have to figure out what you’re going to make, somehow navigate traffic to get to the grocery store, AND actually cook the meal with a child clinging to your leg. Not exactly the most appealing, right?
Yes, you read that title correctly. Moms, you are allowed to rest and recharge the same as anyone else! Easier said than done, right? Totally. But, it’s SO incredibly important to do for a variety of reasons. Now before we dig in, I want to acknowledge that having ‘me time’ may not be an option for everyone. Maybe you are a single mama and doing it all on your own. Or perhaps you live far away from family and getting someone to watch the kids isn’t easy. These situations are tough and make resting so incredibly difficult BUT, I still think it’s important to try even if it may not be nearly as often as you need.
The Great Debate: Stay at Home Moms vs. Working Moms
Working moms, have you ever told someone you’re a working mom and gotten the “oh… so you don’t spend a lot of time with your kids” response? Or how about the stay at home moms. Have you ever gotten the “oh… so you don’t have a career” response? Even if you haven’t actually received these responses, I think it’s safe to say we’ve ALL experienced the judgmental looks. But what about our part-time working mamas. In theory, they have the best of both worlds, right? Yet somehow they still get the same look. So, let’s break down the data and we can once and for all squash the great debate!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a lover of schedules. There’s something about a schedule… the predictability of knowing what’s coming next, the planning ahead, the organization… it truly is a beautiful thing! Now I’m well aware that not everyone feels this way about planning ahead. We have a lot of friends and family that prefer to ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ and find it amusing that I plan get togethers at LEAST a week in advance.
Mamas, have you ever experienced a moment with your little(s) that was so difficult it left you in a puddle of tears? It’s almost like it’s a rite of passage into parenthood to have these experiences. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve ALL had times like these (unless you have perfect children in which case we are all extremely jealous of you!).
Prior to being a stay at home mama, I worked in the corporate HR world. In my role, I was constantly receiving feedback whether it be positive or negative (let’s be real, the negative isn’t always fun but at least you can learn from it!). I thrived off of feedback. There was nothing better than working feverishly on a big project and hearing that I did a great job. It always made the long hours and work worth it!