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6 Tips for Unstoppable Moms
I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
As a new mother, it took me quite a while to get things right. Although I did get a lot of advice, implementing that advice was another thing altogether. It took me at least a year to get into a good routine and to get my husband on board as well. Below are some tips that I wish I had known from the beginning. There are only and they might seem simple but they could completely change the way you parent plus give you a little extra sanity when you need it.
1. Get a great babysitter and get a backup babysitter as well.
This was the best advice ever given to me. We interviewed lots of people before we decided on someone we loved. Then she got sick the first time we needed her and we had no one. We immediately found a backup and now we have 3-4 babysitters that we use on an ongoing basis.
2. Take some “me” time.
Once or twice a month I go to a movie by myself or I get a pedicure. Sometimes I go to Starbucks to read a book and sip some tea. I might go to the mall and just walk around I do something that gets my out of the house and requires very little else. I LOVE it and I NEED it. So do you!
3. Plan date nights.
My husband and I didn't go on a date for years. That is not really a good thing. Connecting with your spouse or partner is something that you have to really work at once you have children. We take turns planning date nights.
4. Stay organized.
We keep a whiteboard, calendar and chalkboard in our kitchen at all times. We also hang up each kids schedule next to the white board. We also have a backpack, coat and shoes hub in the kitchen as well. Everything that belongs to my children that they need for school is hung up by the back door. This saves my sanity time and time again.
5. Create family hours.
Every single night between the hours of 5-8 we have family time. Our phones and tablets are in the kitchen charging plus all computers are shut down. We even play board games after dinner.
Want to be an unstoppable mom? Follow the tips above and you will have a much easier time.
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The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® meals to keeping the kids entertained on rainy days. Moms may not always realize it, but they are amazing in so many ways. Moms are on call day and night and have so much unique knowledge that can really help other moms. That’s why the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® asking moms to share this knowledge in the form of tips and tricks that help keep them going.
These can be their own tips or those from moms they know, and can be about everything from how they create quick meals for their family to how they keep the kids entertained on a long drive.
SHARE YOUR TIPS AND TRICKS WITH THE MAKERS OF CHILDREN'S MOTRIN
The makers of Children’s MOTRIN® are asking Moms to post their tips and tricks to the MOTRIN® Facebook page under each week’s Kelly Ripa question video and for every post, Children’s MOTRIN® will donate $1 to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit that provides moms with the tips they need to help keep their children safe. Moms could even win weekly giveaways of $100 gift cards just for posting.*
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES are inspired by all the things Moms do, from quick family & D.C., 18 AND OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion ends 11:59p.m. ET 12/28/14. Sponsor will donate $1 for each approved Submission made as part of the promotion, with a minimum donation of $30,000 and a maximum donation of $50,000.
For Official Rules, and complete details, visit www.unstoppablemoms.com. Sponsor: McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. To learn more about Safe Kids Worldwide visit safekids.org.