Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mom Balancing Act: The Holidays Are Coming

It’s only October and we’re already planning for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays coming up! Ahhhh!

In this post, we’re going to explore mommy’s balancing act, how mom does it all. This time of year is, personally, the most frantic for me. With the kiddos in school, work in full swing, a billion birthday parties (two sets of twins…) and the holidays coming up, each day seems like it flies by. One Sassy Doctor still struggles with balancing it all, but along the way I’ve developed some effective strategies.

Here are my tips for “general” mommy juggling:
  1. Make a plan, Stan. (Before I go on, am I an old lady using that phrase? Have any of your heard that before? Where did that expression come from? Tweet me if you know!). Think ahead and anticipate what you can. Take a moment with a piece of paper and a pen, and map out what’s on your plate. Sometimes seeing it in black and white helps to relieve the stress.
  2. Set priorities. This has been a huge struggle for me as a multi-tasking mom. Look at your list and think about what’s important. When you have to make a choice, weight the pros and cons and MAKE THE CHOICE if you can. Which leads me to the next step…
  3. Saying NO is OK. Some people have a really easy time saying “no” (one of them is this One Sassy Doctor’s husband – especially when it comes to cooking and cleaning). If you’re like me, saying “no” creates pressure & stress. I’m working hard at this, and encourage you to embrace the “no” as a wonderful step towards taking care of yourself.
  4. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Letting go of the emotional toll that multi-tasking motherhood presents is a great step. The classic expression “Don’t cry over spilled milk” is a great one! If you can’t change it, stop worrying about it if possible.
  5. Enjoy your children! They grow up fast. My babies just started Kindergarten! it feels like they were just born! When you can make a choice to be with your child or include your child in what you are doing (like coming to work with you, going shopping with you or hanging in the kitchen while you cook), do it—there’s just so much momma to go around.

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