As a mom, you know those times that you feel that everything may bust?
Well, try including these lifesavers to give you space to breathe.
I pull out these lifesavers in my typical day…
Hallmark’s Nap Position
1. Implement a nap time.
Whether all the kids nap or not, it’s grown into a quiet hour
where the older kids play alone and the babies nap
and mommy gets a few moments alone.
Now the kids look forward to it
and depend on the alone time.
And mommy gets giddy!
Joyful, the Third & Hallmark take an opportunity to delight in the outdoors!
2. Spend time outdoors every day
Whether it’s running around the park,
walking to the urban grocery store,
throwing sand in the ocean
or exploring new grounds,
outside air and new scenes shake up everyone’s outlook in life.
How can you say no to this?
3. Teach the kids to play together
Yes, all kids fight at some point
but do your best to integrate sibling play
throughout the day.
After awhile, it just becomes second nature.
Sisters sharing memories together.
4. Encourage a love of books.
Maybe start reading to the kids in their birth language
but also encourage other languages.
Young children’s brains are sponges with languages,
use that to your benefit!
As you show a desire and love for reading,
the kids will follow.
Arabic textbook for me
5. Encourage imaginative play
Dinosaurs at the library
As kids read, they’ll develop creative imagination.
Play dress up with them,
let them wear your necklaces
and clomp around in your boots and heels.
This brings hours of play for the kids!
6. Include them in what you enjoy
Explain what the rules of football are,
show them how to knead bread,
pull out pastels and let the kids paint pictures.
Mr. Optimist explaining tennis to Hallmark & Sweet Cheeks
And then realize, sometimes, the kids just want their mama.
Let go of the dishes, forget the dirty bathrooms,
remind yourself there’s fixings for quesadillas for a quick dinner
and remember your worthiness is not in what you accomplish but who you are in Christ.
Sweet Cheeks trapping me so I couldn’t possibly forget her.