Parenting is a very demanding job!! It’s full of uncertainty, requires a lot of attention, time, energy, patience and a whole lot of trial and error … because lets’s face it, these little people can be a handful. When you have a variety of hats to wear throughout the day there’s never a dull moment.
Although I’m a veteran parent, the number of children you have and your day to day tasks changes things drastically. Implementing ways to overcome and cope with the challenges of mommyhood is not easy, by any means. So the following strategies have helped me create a loving and nurturing environment for my children despite the challenges I experience as a parent.
Create a Support Team
There is an African Proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I totally believe this!! You can’t possibly raise a child, let alone multiple children on your own. It’s difficult. Why would you want to?! Create a network of people who you can rely on to assist you with some of the day to day tasks of being a mommy (or a daddy for the men reading) Close friends and family understand your lifestyle. So I’m sure they will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.
Plan & Prioritize:
This is KEY!! I can’t make a move without my planner. I am often trying to get A MILLION things done in one (1) day. I have learned that is a trying task and I’m usually exhausted by the end of each day. So I choose up to 5 additional things (aside from the everyday tasks of being a wife, mom and a teacher) to complete. I prioritize the tasks by levels of importance then check each off as I complete each one.
Make Time to Rest
Now this is IMPORTANT!!! Like most moms fatigue and lack of sleep make getting those To Do list things done. Making sure you get a enough rest has to be as important as brushing your teeth and eating. I know, I know your probably thinking …
Because you have to cook, clean, do laundry, check homework, go to the market, or attend business meetings etc. But let’s be honest you have to rest in order for you to have enough strength to do all of those things. Try your best to get at least 8 hrs a day so you don’t run the risk of having malfunctions.
Find Time for Yourself
YOU are just as important as the people you take care of. If we don’t start taking care of ourselves with the same love and intent you do with others we will burn out. It’s so much easier to say this than to actually do it because I still find myself struggling with this as well. Around January of this year, I created a schedule of days per week I need to be away from my family to have some ME TIME. During this time I would treat myself out to eat or buy myself something I wanted or maybe even needed. It became an opportunity to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.