If being a mom were easy, everyone could do it. But as moms, we know, that the last thing being a mom is is easy.
Hard mom days sometimes come once a month, once a week, or even, everyday!
So what to do?
Here are some easy tips to help you best handle those hard mom days.
1. Use your crockpot
There is nothing worse than having an awful day and then realizing that it is 6:00 and there is no plan for dinner.
I have found that throwing together a super simple crockpot meal while my daughter is napping makes for the best solution.
Here are 2 of my favorite easy meals.
4 chicken breasts, a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
Put it all in the crockpot on high for 3 hours, then shred the chicken and serve with mashed potatoes. It is seriously a lifesaver.
4 chicken breasts, 1 8oz package of cream cheese (softened), 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, and 1 package of Zesty Italian dressing mix.
Cook on high for 3 hours, shred the chicken, and serve over your favorite pasta.
I am so not a cooking person, so these 2 meals happen at least once a month, sometimes more. So even when you have a hard mom day, you still have a win since you made an awesome dinner.
2. Take time for the kids
Often, the hard mom days are because of the kids, so the last thing you want to do is be around them.
But trust me when I say, if you just sit down next to them playing whatever for 15 minutes not thinking about anything else, you and your child will be happier. I’ve noticed that if I make time for my kids first, they then leave me alone for a few extra minutes so I can do something else 😉
3. Take a break
Seriously. When you are having a crappy day, sometimes you just need a break. So go watch a tv show, lie down, or read a book for a few minutes. I’m a mom too, so I know that these breaks can never last long, but if you just go into the silence of another room for a few minutes, it will make a HUGE difference.
4. Do a 15 minute clean up
On the hard mom days, usually the last thing I feel like doing is cleaning. But then I realize that sometimes the reason I’m having such a bad day is because my house is a mess!
Set a timer, turn on some music, and race the clock. You can switch the laundry, do the dishes, vacuum a room, clear off the counters, or tons of other things in just 15 minutes. And then you will have a mood boost knowing that you did, in fact, accomplish something that day!
Check out this post on getting things done with young kids to find some useful tips for yourself.
5. Give yourself grace
Whether that means being ok with piles of laundry, not getting dressed, or just eating a pint of Ben and Jerry’s at the end of the night, just be ok with it.
Being a mom is the hardest job around, so you can’t expect everyday, or even most days, to be sunshine and roses.
Sometimes it’s a win to get out of bed and keep the kids alive, and that is ok.
Just remember that every day won’t be bad. And if it seems like it is, talk to someone. I have written all about postpartum depression, so if that is a concern of yours, see your doctor.
You’re an awesome mom. Don’t you forget that.
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