It’s mid-summer and we are looking behind us at the things we have done so far and forward to the events we have planned in the near future before school begins. This list probably includes places to go, things to do, and people to see. But, we mamas truly have to slow it down just a bit.
All summer I have been running myself into the ground. Trying to go to the gym every day and have an activity for the kids. And, if you work outside or from home the list goes on and on to include just regular household duties like laundry, dishes and dinner.
But, I, you, we have to STOP! Think about it, once the days get shorter and are filled with homework assignments and projects, fall activities, and the rigorous schedule of waking up and getting to bed on time…it will be over, all of that time just gone!
So, before summer is gone make sure you do more of these 4 things:
Cuddle longer. Mama just slow down and watch a cartoon in the morning in your PJ’s, sip on some coffee and cuddle in bed or on the couch with your babies. They really are growing up so big and beautiful. But, it will pass in the blink of an eye and they will no longer have time to cuddle or snuggle with you.
Eat breakfast or dessert for dinner. Every single day doesn’t have to be “perfect” dear mama! Listen, sometimes cereal and pancakes are the best things your kids will remember when they grow up. They will see a more relaxed, playful, and fun side of you. Create a pancake bar or scramble some eggs with tons of cheese and have a feast. These, in my opinion, are the best meals!
Play! The best, simplest thing you can do with the kids is just to play with them. Play the games they like. You’ll be amazed at the connections and conversations you have when you put down your phone, your list or chores and just play when they ask you. They really, truly need just YOU – not everything we think they need. Plus, playing is a great way to relieve stress for us parents. So, everyone wins.
Take Off. Yes, you heard me. TAKE OFF. That means wake up without a plan, a list, or place to go. Just take off and see where the day takes you and what you get into with your kids. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have a scheduled day, so this one right here is a to-do for me this week! Seriously. Being an adult can be exhausting!
I mean really don’t you agree that we should do more of “this” and less of “that?”
What do you do that completely gets you involved with your kids in the midst of the madness we call life during summertime? I am definitely taking my own advice and doing all of the above.
Because in the end mama, all they want is you! We make it harder and more complicated than it is. So, give yourself a break to just be their mama!
Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
About the Author:
Moni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of 3 brilliant children, that has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husbands last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty……all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.