You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!

“Mommy time out” a must!

mommy time out
Do you need a Mommy Time Out?? 
Sometimes cabin fever can result in a little Mommy overload.  Remember, you can carve out a few moments for a “time out” if you try.  This will allow you then to give yourself totally to your child again without feeling “put out” about it!  How can you do it???  Here are a couple of my suggestions and then add some of yours…..
1.  Play some calming music.  Background noise of music can bring a calming effect on you and your child!  When your “time out” is over…try playing some upbeat fun music to lighten the mood, dance!
2.  Take just 5 minutes to sit by yourself. A cup of tea and a piece of paper to jot down what is good about your day right now always brings perspective.
3.  Give yourself a little grace…it is fine to be a little stir crazy, allow the feeling and move on, no guilt allowed.
4.  Simplify….don’t put pressure on yourself to have the perfect craft or activity for your child, remember child led play is more important than parent led play.  Put a few options out there and then sit on the floor with your child and flip through a magazine…instant Mommy time out.
5.  Take a bath or shower as soon as Dad gets home…light a candle and put on the music, even if you only have 10 minutes…you don’t need much time to rejuvenate.
6.  Remember sunlight even through a window is a mood booster…stand in front of the window and repeat “I am a good Mom!”
7. Take a brisk walk or plan time to head to the gym. Getting your heart pumping is good for your health and your soul. Good feeling hormones after exercise can be a real mood booster.
8.  Go to bed early….when your kids do, some of my best alone time is in bed with a book…who says an 8:00 bedtime is too early!!

Take a “Mommy time out” and you will enjoy being a Mom even more…trust me.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful Moms!Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.


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