Bring Joy back To Your Parenting Part 2

BRING JOY BACK TO YOUR PARENTING 

Part 2

Welcome back!  If you haven’t read part one of ways to add joy to your parenting you can find that post HERE. 

If you’ve landed on this page feeling burnt out, then mama you are not alone!!  Keep reading for some tips that have helped my little ol’ burnt out, stressed out self bring joy back into my life and my parenting.

Have a dance party:

Sometimes you just need to change the mood up a bit!!  Your energy is going to effect theirs.  But the difference between adults and kids, is they are still learning that they can choose how to act. (Well I guess we are also learning this, but you know what I mean)  So if things are getting a little tense with you and the kids, turn up your favorite beats and dance around!  Take turns making up silly moves. Its fun!

Delegate Tasks or Hire help:

I know this can seem crazy if you are on a tight budget, but it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.   Kids are more capable then we give them credit for.  Start getting them to help out more.  I know it can be hard when they are young to train them to do certain tasks, but it’s so worth it when they get older! Mine are 7 and 9 now.  They can load the dishwasher, switch the laundry from the washer to the dryer, fold the laundry (no it’s certainly not perfect, but who cares! I don’t have to do it!), they can wipe the bathrooms down with a Norwex cloth.  Sometimes when I find they are fighting, they just need a little distraction – insert chore- to keep them busy!!

But maybe your kids aren’t old enough yet to be a real help.  You may need to hire a sitter once a week, so that you can get some things done without interruption OR take some time to take care of yourself.  Maybe you are burnt out and just need to go for a walk on your own, or head to a coffee shop to read.  Don’t be ashamed if you need a break from your kids – you will be a better mother for it!

The saying “it takes a village” wasn’t created for no reason.  It REALLY does!!  Try swapping kids with a friend once a week to give each other a break!

Hire a house cleaner.  If you can afford it and it will help with your sanity, then why not have someone come in once a month to do a deep clean. There is no shame is asking for help! I never did hire a house cleaner (but one day I might), but when my kids were young I did fork out extra money for a gym membership with a daycare.  That was my “me” time.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it!  If  I wasn’t feeling super energetic, I would just walk on the treadmill for an hour and get caught up on The Doctors. Lifting weights has not only made me physically stronger, but mentally stronger too, but I feel that is another blog post!

Make time to disconnect and light some candles:

This is sooooo important in my home!  We’ve recently been starting to light a candle or two and put on some nice music every morning at breakfast.  Whether we are having mini wheats or omelets, this really just sets a nice relaxing tone for the morning. What do you want your atmosphere of your home to feel like?  You have the power to create the atmosphere you desire for you and your family. It’s also important to disconnect other times too!  Literally go put your phone in your room, go light a few candles, grab a family book, a tea and snuggle up with those cuties.  Enjoy the quiet time without distractions to just be together.  I got the candle lit breakfast idea from a book I am currently reading called Simplicity Parenting.  It’s got some awesome little parenting nuggets! You can find it on Amazon here.

If you really want a good break from your phones and tv, then try going away for the weekend with your family and leaving all your devices at home! I know it seems nuts, but it feels so freeing and really just allows that space to deeply connect with your family.

I hope you’ve found some encouragement here mama!  If you have any suggestions on how you bring joy into your parenting, I would love to hear from you!

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