I was asked to share some tips for a group discussion and thought these would be great to post on my blog as well.
1) Start your day in prayer and read the Bible. This is the most important thing to do and it will set the tone for the rest of your day. You don’t know if upcoming events include trials, tribulations, joy, tears, victory, or a sick child but God does. Whether you have 5, 10, or 15+ minutes be sure to spend time with Him.
I’m about to finish Speaking Mom-ese: Moments of Peace & Inspiration in the Mother Tongue by Lisa Whelchel. Next I’m going to read Patchwork Devotional: 365 Snippets of Inspiration, Joy, and Hope. Other devotionals I’ve enjoyed are Good Morning, Lord: I Don’t Know Where You’re Going Today But I’m Going with You by Sheila Walsh and What I Learned from God Today: Simple Truths to Renew and Strengthen Your Faith
2.) Budgets, Schedules or To-do lists and weekly dinner menus are your friends. Budgets are an aid to every person with or without money. To-do lists help the busy mom with keeping track of appointments, play dates, meetings, etc. You can even create a cleaning and laundry schedule if you need to. Definitely have your dinner menu created for the week. This helps with grocery lists and allows for preparation in advance. If chicken breasts are served on Sunday those leftovers can easily be turned into chicken bacon ranch pasta on Wednesday. I even schedule a leftover night.
3.) Make time for yourself.
Some people view this as being a bit selfish but I don’t. Time for you can range from a hot bath/shower or spinning/Zumba class at the gym, to a massage, mani/pedi, or retail therapy. I have a monthly girls only evening and plan a different activity each time. We’ve went jewelry shopping at Sam Moon, enjoyed movies, and participated in a murder mystery dinner to name a few. And of course I include this in the aforementioned budget.
There are many other things that could’ve been included to help us conquer motherhood. Don’t hesitate to share your secrets in the comments below.
Make this week great,