Friday, June 15, 2012

10 Things I do for the Kids that I Should Do for Myself too

10 Things I Do for the Kids That I Should Do for Myself Too

The other day, after I put the kids to sleep, I felt all tired and dehydrated, and I realized that I'd hardly had anything to drink all day, I'd skipped breakfast, and I wearing an old ratty sweatshirt.  I had to laugh because I would NEVER allow my kids to pull that @!$@!  We Moms do such a great job of caring for our kids and making sure that they are healthy, well-fed, and well-behaved.  Yet sometimes we do such a poor job of taking care of ourselves. So, here are 10 things I do for my kids every day that I really need to start doing for myself too.
  1. Take vitamins every day.  You would think this would be easy...but they make my stomach hurt if I don't have a full tummy so I always procrastinate until later in the day...and then of course I forget.
  2. Drink Plenty of Water.  For me, this is a practical thing.  If I drink lots of water, I have to pee a lot.  Where am I going to pee when I'm out and about all day?  And then by late in the afternoon I don't want to be up all then I tell myself I'll do better tomorrow...but I do feel so much better when I'm hydrated so I really need to prioritize!
  3. Make time for socializing with friends.  I've pretty dedicated to making sure my kids get quality time with other little kids their age...Why don't I do the same for myself?  Because Mom is never the priority, but I'm going to work on it.
  4. Eat plenty of veggies.  I'm just going to be honest.  There are days that go by and I don't eat a single veggie.  It's absurd really.  I sit and watch the kids eat carrots.  Why don't I just join them and have a few myself?
  5. Make sure the kids never leave the house without looking presentable.  i.e. My daughter always has her hair done nicely and is wearing a dress.  I think I own about 2 dresses currently.
  6. Say my prayers.  Sometimes I'm so tired I just forget.  Shame on me.
  7. Say Thank You.  I really don't say this enough.  To my husband, to my Mom, to my Baby-sitter, or to any of the wonderful people in my life that do so much for me.
  8. Read a Book.  It's probably equally important for Mom to read books.  It's good for the soul.  Plus it really relieves my stress and on top of that, it shows the kids how much I love books too. 
  9. Eat Breakfast.  I find that by the time I get the kids their breakfast, their milk, the correct color of fork, napkins, etc., I forget to sit down and eat my own breakfast.  Again, shame on me.  This is terrible for my metabolism.
  10. Drink Milk.  I really don't want to end up like one of those hunch-back old ladies.  But I might if I don't get my act together!
The bottom line is, my health and well-being really should be a priority.  When my kids get married, I'm sure they will want me to attend the ceremony on my own two feet, without a hunch-back, and without having recently been in an insane asylum due to stress.   Since I love my kids, I am going to print out this list and check these off each day so that I can be a happier, healthier Mom.

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  1. I hate water so I brew fresh decaf green tea and chill it out in the fridge and that's what I drink during the day.
    I have the same issues with vitamins so I found some chewy ones that both my little one and I take before we go to bed.
    Take care of you mama their is only one

    1. Hmmm...might have to try that! Never thought of that before!

    2. Gummy vitamins make me *eager* to take mine every day. Then it's just a fight to explain to a toddler that no, she can't have more vitamins. :)

  2. So true! I'm always trying to remember that I have to take care of myself if I'm going to be the best Mom I can be. Somedays I'm better at it than others. The not drinking water is so true for me. I always have my water bottle, but I can't seem to actually drink from the thing! Thanks for the reminder today.

    1. You are very welcome!! Good luck today doing better! :-)

  3. So true. Great realization.

    I hate milk. Am I going to be a hunchback little old lady? OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    1. I know. I hate milk too. Unless its really, really cold...

  4. Yes, it's good to remind ourselves that we ought to care for ourselves as well as we care for our children.

  5. Did you know that after drinking water on a regular basis, your bathroom breaks don't happen as much. Someone told me that once and I found it to be true. I would go days without drinking water(well it seemed that way). I have realized that my skin is happier and I am happier. Good luck, and Cheers!

    1. Okay, you ahve inspired me! I'm going to try it out!!

  6. Had to laugh b/c I am guilty of all that! There are days where I realize I'm so thirsty I can barely talk or wonder when I went to the bathroom last. We get so focussed on the kids sometimes, that we often forget about ourselves.

    By the way - voted for you!

  7. OH such good tips! I am about to be a mommy and need all the help I can get!