Let’s get real moms. We rarely put ourselves first. Priorities focus on our families, our careers, and our home life. We are on the go from the moment we wake up until our sleepy heads hit the pillow at night. We come second.
When you go on an airplane, the stewardess shares how you should put the oxygen mask over your mouth first, and then your child. Now, I have never been in that position, but I would find it very hard to put the mask on my face first. We moms are innately trained to put our children’s needs above our own. So how do we manage caring for others but still care for our own needs?
Squeeze In A Shower
Trying to squeeze in “me time” is a challenge. My circumstances may be different than most because I am a special needs mom, but I suspect there are other moms out there like me who have to find time to take a shower. Or by the end of the day, you have to make a decision to either crash in bed or shower. How many times does going to bed win out?
Or, have you ever had your toddler play with toys and books while you sneak a shower with your bathing suit on? Just in case they need you, you are ready to fly out of the shower stall to help your little one. Tell me I am not the only one.
Then there is the ole dry shampoo trick. It is not just for older women. In a snap you can apply this white powder to your hair and scalp to help your locks look fresh and clean. Just make sure you rub it in completely otherwise you will have a completely unintended look.
Quick Make-up or No Make-up
Who has time for make-up? I rarely wear make-up. I put down my make-up brush when I came home to be a stay at home mom. However, I sometimes get an opportunity to go out. If I meet you for lunch, chances are I will have taken the time and the effort to cover my blemishes and mis-matched skin tone. (It must be a girl thing that we want to look nice for each other.) I love using mineral make-up powder to give me quick coverage. It takes about three minutes to get great a smooth glow. Add a fast swipe of mascara to complete your “on the go” look.
But, most mornings I hardly get a chance to glance to look at myself in the mirror, much less spend time to glamourize my look. Think pony tail and a splash of water on my face. Putting my son first takes priority.
Classy or Sweats
My days of dressing up for the corporate world are behind me. Unless I go to a networking meeting, my attire is grey in nature. As in grey sweats, a stripped long-sleeved t-shirt, and sneakers. And with my hair swept up in a claw clip, I am as far from a fashion plate as you can be.
But my look is fast, practical, and of first importance: comfortable. Just don’t snap a picture of me when you see me at the supermarket. A little trick is to slip on a pair of earrings to add a splash of style to my comfy combination. If I have a moment before going out, I’ll throw on a pair of jeans to upgrade my look.
These are a few ideas for keeping our kids first and still manage life. Because our days revolve around caring for others, we tend to put ourselves second. Well, except on Mother’s Day, right?
What tips and tricks do you do to manage motherhood? Jot your ideas down in the comments and help a mother out.