Scary Mom Nightmares Series: How Much Time Should A Mom Spend in the Shower?

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A mom’s shower time is short. As soon as your child is mobile, ever second you spend away from them is a gamble. 

6 minutes is about the limit.

Yes, that includes undressing and dressing time. 6 minutes total.

Basically, we’re talking about the horror scene you could walk into if you leave a child (who has any sort of mobility- scooting, crawling, walking, or worse) for more than 6ish minutes, even for something as routine as showering.

You’d think you would be safe to turn on a calming show like Daniel Tiger, provide some great educational toys, and slip away for just a couple minutes…. But no.

You’re not safe.

You’re never safe.

At least it isn’t catching me by surprise anymore. At least now I expect the mayhem- but expecting and being prepared are two different things.

You can duck and cover, but that won’t help much against a grenade.

Turns out, other moms know what I’m going through. Here’s an amazing list reasons to take a short shower (based on experiences of real moms)!

It’s my hope that these things will scare new moms straight! Don’t learn by doing on this one. Just take it from us and rush through your shower. The faster the better.

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If you take a shower longer than 6 minutes long, you are risking:

  1. Your kids lovin’ on the baby too much. Is it possible to be literally smothered in hugs and kisses??
  2. Battle of the siblings! Have you ever seen a war zone? I have.
  3. A five-year old’s redecorating skills. Maybe we could call it… modern art??
  4. Pee on the floor. You’d think from the toddler you’re potty training… but really, it could be anyone! And it always happens right at the moment you step into the room. So close!
  5. Poop on the floor. Same story.
  6. Dress up for the dog. He looks great in your toddler’s best church dress!
  7. Kids stumbling on your favorite TV shows on Netflix. Hope they’re appropriate…
  8. A five-year old’s best attempt to start the laundry. So nice, but we’ll have to buy more laundry soap now since it’s all over the floor.
  9. The group of howling cave-children working together to smash your valued possessions. You know, the ones they know they’re not allowed to touch? Yeah, those are the ones.
  10. The kids continuing with the routine without you. Overflowed bathtub anyone?? Or maybe a repeat of The Epic Mom-Was-2-Minutes-Late Toothpaste Disaster of 2017?
  11. Kids off for a walk without you, without telling you, in dead silence. Seriously, when have they ever done ANYTHING in dead silence… until now??
  12. Children finding their own sensory experiences out of your kitchen- you know, like flour, sugar, or uncooked rice all over the floor. Very educational.
  13. The toddler pulling crayons out of her secret lair or vanishing cabinet or wherever she gets them (even though I’ve picked up every last crayon in our house fifty times to make sure this doesn’t happen!) and drawing beautiful masterpieces on my walls.
  14. The kindergartner pulling crayons out of her secret lair or vanishing cabinet or wherever she gets them (even though I’ve picked up every last crayon in our house fifty times to make sure this doesn’t happen!) and writing her name all over the furniture. You’d think she’d write ANYTHING else… I wonder who did this??
  15. Eating things other than food. You know, like dirt, paper, dog food, week old leftover cereal that’s glued to the kitchen chairs….
  16. Kids feeding all the above nonfood items to their younger siblings…
  17. That one helpful child trying to pour a glass of milk or a bowl of cereal themselves. Time to go to the store for more milk. Right after a lot of mopping.
  18. Little ones pushing buttons on the TV remote. Congratulations- You now get to enjoy permanent Spanish subtitles. 
  19. The baby pulling all the food out of your cupboards. Didn’t we have canned peaches once? Not anymore. They’re probably in the vanishing cabinet or in the secret lair with the crayons. They’re gone forever.
  20. The shortest family member getting into the top cupboards. Oh yes she can reach that! Uh oh.
  21. And the worst of all… The icing on the cake… The devil’s eye… The child could use his insane hound dog skills to track down your secret stash of chocolate. And by the time you get out of the shower… It. Will. All. Be. Gone. All of it. Yes, even the Lindor truffles!! Not those!

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Do what’s good for you.

It’s just not worth it! Save yourselves, young mamas. Take a short shower.

And as always, when the chaos strikes, just pull out your camera and take a picture! Laugh about it if you can. If you can’t laugh today, know you’ll laugh someday! Maybe not today… But someday.

Do you have a funny mom story to share? Comment below!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

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Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

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6 Techniques to Try When your Kid Eats All the Time- Except During Meals

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My little girl likes to snack. All day long. All the time. 

I always want her to have access to healthy food so that she doesn’t go hungry, so for the first two years of her life I let her snack whenever she wanted. 

But then I started to notice a less-than-preferable pattern.

She seemed hungry all the time, so I fed her. But then she was never hungry during meal time! She would push her food away, say “Done!”, and run off to play instead of eating her dinner. Only to ask for a snack 5 minutes after everyone else finished eating. 

I also have a strong opinion against forcing kids to clear their plate. This teaches kids to eat a certain amount of food instead of listening to their bodies to tell them when to stop eating. So I never wanted to make her eat.

What’s the solution??

I asked a lot of smart mamas who have been there, done that. Turns out, this is a common problem for kids! As I asked around, I found several techniques that these clever moms used to fix the problem.

The amazing thing is that each mom had a solution that targeted a different aspect of the problem. 

Is the frustration due to:

  • The child eating only unhealthy snacks and turning down healthy food during meals?
  • The insane effort of constantly cooking/fixing something to eat?
  • The amount of food wasted during dinner and unnecessary money spent on snacks?
  • Feeling a lack of gratitude for the meal that you worked hard on?

These moms feel you, and they’ve got tips to fix each aspect of the problem!

Here they are! Choose the one that fits your family’s needs the best.

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Technique 1: No snacks one hour before mealtimes!

This strategy helps children be hungry enough to eat at the next meal without feeling starving for an extended period of time. 

It’s easy to do- just decide when you’re going to eat a meal and put away all snacks one hour before meal time. Done!

Simple and easy… until you have to tell the child “no”. It’s not easy for a child to get used to a whole new system, so be patient as the child learns the new expectations. As you consistently explain and stick to the new schedule, the child will adjust. The frustration will decrease over time.

Giving lots of heads up can help decrease frustration for the child. Remind them by saying, “Snacks will be put away in 10 minutes. Hurry and eat a snack if you are hungry!”

If you need additional resources on handling tantrums, check out this link!

How to Handle a TANTRUM without Destroying Relationships

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Technique 2: Parent chooses when to eat, the child chooses what to eat. 

This method divides the roles of eating between the parent and the child.

Mom- your job is to identify what times snacks and meals will be allowed and provide a couple healthy options for the child. 

The child’s job is to decide which of the options he will eat and how much he will eat. That might mean nothing at all, and that’s ok. Just make sure to explain in advance that the child will have to wait until the next snack or meal time!

For this method, it can be helpful to use a visual aid to help younger children understand that they need to wait.

Check out this great resource for parents!

Helping Your Toddler Understand Time- Less than $20 DIY Resource for Parents

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Technique 3: Limit sugary, carbilicous, or greesy snacks. 

Another great idea is to take a closer look at what snacks you are offering. It’s common to offer kids unhealthy options like fruit snacks or chips for snacks.

Those things are just fine in moderation, but if a child prefers unhealthy snacks to healthy meals (I mean, can we blame them??) then it’s perfectly natural to fill up on the yummy snacks and refuse to eat their broccoli at dinner. 

Try offering broccoli as a snack, or a fruit cup with no added sugar, or a cheese stick. This teaches the child that healthy food is a lifestyle for your family, not an occasional thing. 

When there’s no comparison (fruit snacks vs broccoli?) the healthy options look a lot better!

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Technique 4: The uneaten meal becomes the snack. 

Some moms hate seeing meal after meal thrown away in the trash, just to have the child ask for more food a few minutes later. This was my biggest frustration with my daughter!

A great solution is to hold on to the child’s plate from mealtime. Make sure to put a little of each option on the plate. This ensures that the child still gets some choices in what to eat.

The next time the child asks for a snack, pull out the plate from lunch rather than fixing them a new snack. This is a great way to teach a child to have gratitude for the food they have, reduce picky eating, save time and energy for mom, and reduce waste.

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Technique 5: Premade healthy snacks available for any time! 

Some parents really don’t have a problem with the child eating often. The problem is the amount of time and energy that goes into constantly preparing a new snack or meal. It can literally consume the day if you’re not careful! 

Some moms will set aside 30 minutes twice a week to assemble healthy snacks. They will dice cheese, slice fruit, portion out whole grain crackers, and even make a few sandwiches.

If your kids are old enough to open the fridge by themselves, place the snacks in a designated section of the fridge. The kids will always know where to go to find themselves a snack without mom’s help! 

If the kids are not old enough to get the snack on their own, all you have to do is grab something out of the fridge and you’re done!

Moms can easily set aside enough snacks and even some meals for the next 3 days or so in a short amount of time! Viola!

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Technique 6: Watch portion sizes.

I made the mistake of handing my child the entire bag of goldfish. I assumed that she would eat until she was full and I could put the goldfish crackers away as soon as she was done.

The problem is, she didn’t just stop at full. She ate until she was STUFFED! And then she wasn’t hungry until long after lunchtime. 

Binge eating like that isn’t a good habit for kids (or adults for that matter). I can help my child eat appropriate portions throughout the day rather than one large binge by being aware of the portion sizes that I am offering the child.

If I give her too little, she can always ask for a little more. No harm done.

If I give her too much, she might overeat. Or make a mess with the rest of the food…

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I’m always so grateful for moms in my life who know exactly what I’m going through! I want to hear from you too!

What techniques do you use to help your child eat appropriate amounts of snacks but also participate in family meals?? Comment below!

I also want to know which of these techniques was most helpful for your family! Let us know that too!!

Need more information? Check out this great post by Sarah Remmer!

10 Reasons Why Your Child Isn’t Eating at Meals (and What to Do!)

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

 

Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that? 

It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!

I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.

I also worked as a parent educator!

All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here! 

 

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How to Help Your Kids Enjoy Hygiene Routines for a Jump Start to Lifelong Health

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Kids don’t like cleanliness. At least, not all of it.

One kid loves brushing teeth, but hates brushing her hair. Another kid refuses to wash his hands, but has no problem soaking in the shower for an hour at a time.

No two kids handle hygiene the same. The problem is- all kids have to do all of the steps to proper hygiene. There’s no skipping brushing teeth just because Jimmy doesn’t like it!

So how is a parent supposed to create a positive atmosphere around necessary activities… that the child detests???

Here are 6 “mom secrets” that help with any hygiene routine—- and stay tuned for specific ideas for hair brushing, tooth brushing, hand-washing, and bath time!  

1) Monkey See, Monkey Do

Usually parents get up and get ready before the kids do. That’s the only way to get them out the door, because they need you coaxing them along every step of the way as they get ready, right?

The problem with this is that young kids don’t see that you go through the exact same hygiene routine as the child is expected to go through. There’s no example, it’s not relatable. Mom is just magically clean all the time.

Look for opportunities to get ready alongside your child- especially on weekends when there is less of a time crunch- so that the child can see you doing all the same cleanliness tasks that they do.

2) Fake That Smile

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If you want your kid to be positive about the morning/evening routine, you’ve got to be positive about it too! Even if it’s not a real smile, this is a great time to “fake it til you make it.”

How could a child possibly get excited to go brush his teeth if he hears mom say things like, “Oh no, it’s time to brush teeth! I hate this time of night. It’s always so awful! Well, here we go…”

Compare that to, “Oh yay, it’s time to brush teeth! Woo hoo! Toothpaste tastes like candy. I love it.”  

3) Always, Always, Always

Never let up on the hygiene routine! First of all, it’s healthy to brush teeth, take baths, and wash hands.

Second of all, consistency creates structure for the child. If you break that structure, they are more likely to act out because the tasks seem optional. “Why should I have to wash my hands before dinner tonight when I didn’t have to yesterday?”

4) Your Turn!

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Take advantage of independent streaks or stages.

Yes, your toddler’s extreme independence can be a blessing! Some aversions to hygiene could be because mom usually helps with those things… a lot. If you have a strong willed child or a child who is going through an independent phase, that’s opposite of what that child is seeking.

Help them out by giving them lots of chances to try each part of the routine on their own. It might take a little longer, but it has a lot of potential to cut down on tantrums or frustration.

5) This or This?

Some kids might struggle with hygiene routines because they are mandatory. It’s not easy to be told that you HAVE to do something, no matter what. Nobody wants to be told what to do!

You can help out with this by offering as many little choices as you can within the tasks themselves.

IE- You must brush your teeth. That’s not a choice. But you can have a choice in what toothpaste you want to use today!

6) FUUUUUUUUUN!

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Anything you can do to make hygiene routines more exciting will increase cooperation. That’s why Disney makes so much money off of Princess shampoo and Superhero toothbrushes. They’re fun, and kids are more likely to try something that is  fun.

Batman Themed Hygiene Kit (Click the image below!)

Minnie Mouse Themed Hygiene Kit (Click the image below!)

Here’s more creative ideas to increase the fun aspect of hygiene:

  • Talk It Up: Tell kids all of the good things that will happen when they are clean! They look pretty or handsome, kids like to play with clean kids, their body is healthy, etc.

Here’s some great children’s books to teach kids about the importance of hygiene.

Click on the images below!
Don’t Get Sick! How Kids Can Keep Healthy and Safe – Good Hygiene for Kids – Children’s Disease Books

Smelly Melly: Personal Hygiene for Kids and Little Monsters

Hygiene Heroes! My Personal Hygiene Book :: Kids Hygiene Book. WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES! WE CAN DO IT! HOW ‘BOUT YOU?

  • Visual Aids: Make cute, brightly-colored charts to show the child what’s coming up next! It will help them stay on track, and they’re fun to use!

Click the images below! 

Hygiene Habits Play Set

Step-By-Step Potty Chart

Step-By-Step Hand Washing Chart

Step-By-Step Shower Chart

Step-By-Step Tooth Brushing Chart

  • Apps/Games: There are TONS of apps and games to engage kids in hygiene routines. Here’s a few great ones to try out!

Dr. Panda Bath Time

Good Habits

Cute and Tiny Morning

Let’s Potty! Potty Training Board Game!

  • Earn Rewards: Create a rewards system. Maybe a child can earn a fun experience- like staying up one hour past bedtime, or choosing a special movie from Redbox, or feeding the ducks at the park.

Click on the images below!

Teeth Brushing Reward Coloring Book

Magnetic Reward Chart

 

There you have it- our tips for hygiene in general. It’s time to get more specific.

 

Making Hair Brushing Easier:

-Use detangler (Click image below)

-Use a Detangler Comb (Click on the image below)

-During bath time, put the conditioner in the child’s hair and use this as a chance to brush the child’s hair. Conditioner naturally detangles and softens hair, making it easier and less painful to brush.

-When brushing hair, start with the bottom inch of hair. Brush it out until there are no more tangles in the bottom inch. Then, move up another inch. When that section of hair has no tangles, move up another inch, and another inch, and another inch. This makes tangles less painful to brush through.

-Flip hair over your head and brush the underside of the hair first. This section of hair can be particularly tangled, so brushing it out first and then brushing the top layer of hair can decrease pain during brushing.

-For more amazing tips, check out The Secret to Brushing Your Little Girl’s Hair without Tears! 

 

Making Tooth brushing Easier:

-Choose the correct size of brush.

-Use child-safe toothpaste with fluoride(Click image below). It tastes better anyways.

-Sing a song like the ABC’s or Twinkle, Twinkle. The child has to brush as long as mom is singing. This is a good way to help the child learn to brush thoroughly instead of rushing through tooth brushing.

-Use this Baby Alive Teeth Brushing Doll (Click the image below!) to practice first. You can show the child how they will need to brush all of their teeth. Once the child has seen the baby doll do it, it is their turn!

-For more great tips, check out Make Teeth Brushing Fun with 6 Easy Tips!

 

Making Hand Washing Easier:

-Sing a song like the ABC’s or Happy Birthday. The child has to scrub his hands as long as mom is singing.

-Be silly- Use a crazy narrator voice to give a play-by-play of what the child is doing. “Tom is reaching for the soap, reaching, reaching…. He’s got the soap!! Now he’s scrubbing, But can he get those hands clean?? We’ll see- the anticipation is too much!”

-For more great ideas, check out Hand Washing 101! 

Making Bath Time Easier:

-Use child-friendly, tear-free, natural shampoo (Click the image below). It hurts a little less when it gets in their eyes.

-Try a face shield (click on image below) to keep soap and water out of eyes.

-Use this Little Mommy Bath Time Doll (Click on image below!) to practice first. You can show the child how they will need to put soap in their hair, then rinse out the soap. Once the child has seen the baby doll do it, it is their turn!

-Be silly- Use crazy voices to name all the parts of the body (hands, arms, elbows, armpits, tummy, legs, knees, feet….) as you wash them.

-For more tips, check out How to Make Bathtime Fun for Kids

 

I hope these tips make life a little easier for you mama!

Always remember that your efforts are worth it! If your little one can enjoy hygiene now, he’ll enjoy a long life of health.

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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27 Universal Truths to Live a Happy Life NOW!

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Life is wonderful, but hard. There’s so many bad, scary things out there- death, abuse, addiction, conflict, war, deceit, divorce, abandonment, and more.

How is a person to live happily in a troubled world?

Here are 27 tips to help you keep your chin up and find the beauty within the chaos.

1. Have gratitude.

When we focus on the bad things, we often forget about the amazing blessings all around us. If we stop to notice the good things in our life, we can be surprised by how much we have!

The first step to living a happy life is to realize that you already have it- you just need to appreciate it for what it is.

2. Put on a Smile!

Smiles make people feel happy. That’s not just me talking. Research has proven that smiling triggers endorphins to be released in your brain, causing you to be happier!

Ding Li shared on the British Council, “When our brain feels happy, endorphins are produced and neuronal signals are transmitted to your facial muscles to trigger a smile. This is the start of the positive feedback loop of happiness. When our smiling muscles contract, they fire a signal back to the brain, stimulating our reward system, and further increasing our level of happy hormones, or endorphins. In short, when our brain feels happy, we smile; when we smile, our brain feels happier.”

So smile, even if it’s fake. Since smiles spread like wildfire, you might help someone else feel happier too!

3. Love yourself.

Everyone has amazing qualities.

What are yours? Write them down, congratulate yourself for them, repeat your positive qualities to yourself often, and reward yourself when you develop new ones.

Be proud of who you are and who you are becoming.

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4. Remember that other people’s opinions of you don’t matter.

We all know that we shouldn’t listen to peer pressure. That’s much easier said than done. The interesting thing is that these fears are usually our own construction. People usually aren’t actually thinking those things about us- we just think they’re thinking those things about us.

It’s our problem- not theirs.

Honestly letting go of those unnecessary cares lifts a burden from your shoulders. It makes your life feel free.

5. Live by the Golden Rule.

Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Being nice is important. A life full of malice, backstabbing, anger, and broken relationships isn’t fun. It’s just lonely and sad. Whatever people think they have to gain from being rude, it’s never as good as what they can lose.

Choose to be nice.

6. Hug your kids, your spouse, your friends, and your parents often.

People are all that matter in life.

Jobs come and go, houses eventually fall down, money can be lost. All that we can count on are the people that we value. Build those relationships by putting the people in your life first. Create memories together.

“Love is spelled TIME.” -Zig Ziglar

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7. Live in the real world.

When you look back after one, or two, or three hours of TV/video games/cell phone use/social media, what did you gain from that time?

Did you learn something new? Did you connect with friends? Did you build yourself into a better person?

Sometimes technology can help us do those things, but sometimes it can distract us and be a huge time-waster. Pay attention in your own life so that you don’t miss out on quality experiences in exchange for an hour of Candy Crush or Angry Birds.

8. Stop being afraid.

Let go of fear by accepting that growth comes with repetitive (but temporary!) setbacks.

Fear of those setbacks holds us back. Don’t be afraid of failure!

Let yourself try something new, even if you’re no good at it at first. Don’t be afraid to put in the time and effort necessary to excel at a new skill.

9. Manage your finances using a budget.

Finances are an important part of our daily lives. They can cause enormous amounts of stress, or they can provide freedom and amazing opportunities.

Take control of your finances by using a budget in order to improve your quality of life.

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10. Don’t spread yourself too thin.

Parents, this is especially a challenge for you.

You’ve got to take care of yourselves! You’re in charge of keeping your household running, your kids cared for, food on the table and money in the bank. If you drive yourself crazy because you never had a break, who’s going to do all that for your family? No one!

Make sure your needs are being met, for the sake of your family.

11. Grow what you have.

Life is full of chances to grow exponentially.

Watch for opportunities to invest. This could be money, but it could also be time savers, work opportunities, learning a new skill, or mastering a current skill.

Invest in yourself and invest in the stock market.

12. Be prepared for emergencies.

I’ve realized that everyone I know is going through something big. Constantly. I was surprised when I finally put that together. It seems like some people are cozy and happy and live a perfect life, but I just don’t know them well enough to know what their current challenge is.

So if life is constantly throwing curve balls our way, why don’t I prepare for them?

Have an emergency fund, have safety plans, have backup supplies. Be ready, because life’s struggles are constant.

13. Make your goals happen!

I have always appreciated a person who does what he says. Even when it’s just a personal commitment that doesn’t impact other people.

When you set goals, consider them a binding covenant with yourself to complete something you started.

If you need help writing effective goals, check out this post: The Secret to Foolproof Goals.

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14. Read.

Books are amazing. They are cheap fun, they help you see other perspectives, increase your vocabulary, they teach you new things, they build your memory skills, they encourage you to think critically, they teach moral principles.

In today’s world, you can even listen to audio books while you clean the house, nurse the baby, or eat dinner. Enjoy books to build yourself.


Other Great Reads: 

Over 35 Guilty Pleasures for Moms that I’m NOT ABOUT to Stop!

AMAZING Miracle of Moms- Let’s All Be That Mom Every Day

Shut Down the Mommy Guilt by Teaching Kids Through Your Own Failures

What About Me? Parents- Take Care of Yourselves!


15. Learn something new.

I firmly believe that every bit of knowledge a person can gain will have some important use someday.

You never run out of storage space for more knowledge, it’s easily accessible online through blog posts like this one and YouTube… there are literally no downsides- knowledge can only help you. The world is at your fingertips!

Learn something new today!

16. Have a positive outlook on life.

Don’t give up on people who disappoint you. They’ll come around.

Don’t fret about the small things because there’s always more good than bad.

Don’t neglect the good things that are happening around you.

Do look forward to what’s coming next, because it will be an exciting adventure!

17. Smell the roses.

Live intentionally. Know what you’re about. Know what you like, what you dislike, what you want, what you are becoming.

Notice the small things around you that are part of daily life that bring you happiness. After all, they can only make you happy if you are paying attention.

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18. Keep your body healthy.

Drink water, eat healthy (but allow yourself some treats), be active by going outside and playing with your kids, eat until you’re full and then stop eating.

Learn to listen to your body’s cues and respect them.

19. Don’t worry about keeping up with the newest and best.

The drive to be better can be consuming. It is a good thing to want to be better as a person, but it is unhealthy to focus on constantly upgrading things.

Life isn’t about things. Things don’t bring joy- people do. So get out of the rat race. Let go of the things.

Fix it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.

20. Get out of the comfort zone.

Growth and achievement don’t happen in the comfort zone. They happen when you get uncomfortable, when things change, when life hurts, when you work hard.

21. Have fun without spending a ton of money.

There are so many ways to enjoy leisure without breaking the bank. I can hardly afford to go to the movies anymore. I pay $8 per person to get in, $12 for snacks, $10 for sodas, and now I’ve spent my play money for the whole month.

Learn to have fun right where you are, with the people who are always there, without any extra planning or preparation. Need some ideas? Click here!

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22. Sleep!

Our bodies and minds need sleep. If we can’t function, how are we supposed to enjoy our day?

Take care of your sleep needs and you’ll feel happier and more efficient.

23. Have new experiences.

Sometimes, the hardest part of life is monotony. It can just drag on. You do the same thing day in and day out.

People need a little excitement! Switch it up for yourself by trying something new.

24. Organize your home, your schedule, and your life.

Just the opposite of monotony- People are creatures of habit. We like routine. Creating predictability can be comforting. We know what to expect, we feel secure.

Make a schedule for yourself, or a more organized home, or plan your week to give yourself more security.

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25. Write down all the details of your amazing life!

Even if your life seems boring or routine to you, other people are going to want to know what you were all about. Especially your kids and grandkids.

People don’t journal anymore, but we should! It’s a way to be immortal, a way to be involved in your family for generations, a way to teach life lessons so others don’t have to learn them the hard way.

And it gives perspective to your life now. Instead of getting swallowed up in the day to day, writing in a journal reminds me of my end goals and refocuses me on how to get there.

26. Discuss important topics as a family.

Families should hold regular “meetings” with each other. This is an important time for

  • every individual to speak their mind,
  • discuss important topics that affect the family,
  • gather ideas to solve problems,
  • address the family’s needs, and
  • connect with each other.

Having regular family time like this will increase your family closeness.

27. Forgive.

Grudges weigh people down. They are unproductive, unnecessary baggage in an already difficult journey. Just get rid of them!

They aren’t helping you, or anyone else. It’s time to forgive.

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These 27 tips are all things I have tried in my life, and they all work. Give them a try, and let us know how it goes in the comments below!

Sincerely,

Mrs. S

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