Simple things I do to help me enjoy being a mum
I love being a mum but it’s really hard work sometimes.
Just the day-in day-out relentlessness of it.
No chance to stay in bed.
Making sure we don’t run out of toilet roll.
Or clean socks.
One of the hardest things is the expectation that you always put your children first. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t, but not always.
We all need to look after ourselves, and not as an after-thought.
If you’re a mum, and you’re feeling tired and resentful, you’re not going to enjoy spending time with your children (or anyone else for that matter).
I don’t even think about being the perfect mum.
It’s not going to happen and I’d rather be myself, quite frankly.
That said, I care a lot about my family.
Here are the five things I try to do as often as I can.
5 things I do to take care of my family
Food, nature, storytelling and shared experiences are the only things that matter when it comes down to it, and I try to remember that.
- Make simple home cooked meals.
- Sit down to eat together.
- Go for walks with our dog.
- Tell stories and share memories.
- Watch films together. [Related post: 36+ films for family film night]
5 things I do to take care of me
If I’m going to have the energy to be present and enjoy being with my family, I have to take care of myself.
- Listen to my music.
- Make time to be with my friends.
- Spend time alone. [Related post: how to create a calming self-care routine]
- Wear nail polish.
- Have an early night.
When I’m struggling to feel patient, or I need some inspiration, I turn to reading.
I learned so much from my favourite parenting book Simplicity Parenting.
My all-time favourite blog is Cup of Jo. I especially love Jo’s page on relationships.
Reading wisdom and insight from others helps me to find my own.
One of the things I’ve appreciated about having a family homeopath is having genuine continuity of care.
My children have been seeing our homeopath since they were babies so she knows them really well.
We all benefit from her care, even though I also prescribe them remedies myself from time to time.
Homeopathy for life
Homeopathy helps us all keep healthy and resilient, and more able to manage lifes ups and downs. Including me.