It’s that time of year again! The kids are home on summer break, and Mom; you’re busy! As if finding the time for our own self-care wasn’t hard enough, now we have to keep the kids entertained all day long. And if you were used to the children being away at school for so many hours, this can be tough! Don’t worry; making the time to dedicate to the refilling of your own cup is possible, even during the holiday break.
Self-Care Isn’t Just Bubble Baths
Although, a bubble bath does sound pretty nice from time to time. No one parent’s self-care is the same. Some moms enjoy reading or doing a daily devotional. Other may exercise, or get in some pamper time at the nail salon. Whatever your choice is to replenish your soul, recharge your energy, and find the motivation to keep going, you should do it. Just because the kids are home all day, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your routine meditation time. Here are a few tips to make the most of these summer days, and still, find time for yourself…
Get a Good Routine Going
If your kids are of school age, this shouldn’t be a foreign concept. Or, even f they are toddlers or babies – all children thrive off routine! The problem with summer break is that we either defer from routine because there is either no school to attend, or we take advantage of longer daylight hours. But during the season, the routine slacks. The kids don’t need to go to bed so they can wake up early for school. Even the babies are aware of daylight savings and can be harder to put down at night.
It’s important to keep your routine from the school year going strong into these summer months, even if it means waking at 6 am. As well as bedtimes by 7:30 pm. Because the family is used to the same routine, you’ll have an easier time getting back into the swing of things too, and the transition to fall will be much easier.
Schedule Activities for the Kids
Yes, there was a point to mentioning the routine! Find local activities you can enroll your school-age children in. No, they don’t have to be occupied for 8 hours a day. But summer activities such as swim classes, vacation bible school, or even scouts, will give you some free-time to yourself. Not to mention, get the kids out the house, and being productive while on their break.
Switch off with other Moms on the team, and try to work out a round-robin of child supervision. So you can have some self-care time! If your kids aren’t of school age, there are still group opportunities to take advantage of. Google local Mommy’s Day Out opportunities, and drop-in daycares for your littles. If daycares and playgroups aren’t your bags, don’t worry. There are still ways to carve out your much-needed self-care time, even if the kids are stuck at home all day.
Decide that “This is Your Time”
The infants and toddler nap? Take advantage of those few short hours (or, minutes!) and focus on yourself. Yes, I know that time is usually reserved for things you must do that aren’t accomplished any other time. But it’s worth your own mental health and sanity if you leave the laundry for later, and do a little something for yourself, like read. You’ll feel better and be more equipped to handle the day.
Got older kids? This is actually easier to accomplish. Designate a time of day that is considered “Mommy’s time.” Explain to your children that during Mommy’s time, they need to be entertaining themselves, with their own play, craft, activity, etc. You are not to be bothered during Mommy’s time unless there’s an emergency. And I mean a real emergency, like a fire. Not because you can’t get your CapriSun open.
This may take some getting used to with the older kids, but they will get the idea: it’s not going to kill them to build a pillow fort once a day for an hour, so Mom can relax in peace.
Ask Your Support for Help
Going to your support team (your spouse, your own parents, or friends) for help is not a bad thing! Let them know that during the crazy summer months, you just need a little help. Someone to take the kids for 30mins, an hour, whatever. It’s important to stress just how much this time really is needed, and how appreciative you are that you could possibly get it. Work this time into the daily routine, or however, it works best with everyone’s schedules.
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About the Author
Jasmine is a wife, mother, and full-time SAHM as swell as blogger/social media influencer. When she isn’t writing about parenting and Mom life, she’s spending time with her former USMC husband and their son. You can read her blog at LoveLifeLaughMotherhood.com