Okay so this one, this post, is near and dear to my heart. This is the post where I get to tell you that you pour so much into your kids. Day in and day out. Week in and week out. School year in and school year out. You pour out so much. But you can’t pour out when you’re empty. You can’t. Try it. You’ll be exhausted and snapping at your kids and it simply will not work.
This is the fourth in my School Prep series. If you missed the other three, click here and you can find all of them linked at the bottom of this first post. We’ve already chatted about establishing an oily routine for your kids, planning your household chores so you get stuff done but also take into account your real life and meal mapping. If you need the FREE PRINTABLE so you can map our your chores and meals, you can find that here.
Today, let’s talk about filling you up. As a mama, you need time for you. You need to be working on you and investing in yourself. Tomorrow we’re going to chat about self-care but today we’re going to talk about tips and tricks to make sure you’re investing in yourself. If you invest in yourself, you’ll have more to invest in your family.
Take a class. Want to learn how to paint? Take a painting class or just go buy yourself some art supplies from the store. You buy them for your kids all the time. Get some pretty markers and a pretty notebook just for you to doodle in.
Go buy yourself a new outfit. You probably bought your kids a new wardrobe to start school. And I know they’re still growing and they have holes in their pants and all that jazz but go freaking buy yourself a new pair of pants. You’ll feel like a million bucks.
Make a list of books you’re going to read before the end of the year. You spend hours every night helping your kids with their homework but you need to read yourself. Make a list of some self-help books or a list of books of the Bible you need to read or go buy that novel you’ve been wanting to read. Just read for 10 minutes a day. If you have time for more, great. If not, at least 10 minutes. It’s your time.
Stop comparing yourself. Stop it this second.
Stop comparing your kids.
Just say no to overscheduling. You are an adult and you hold the keys to the car. You do not have to sign them up for every sport and you do not have to drive them all over creation all weekend long. Say no. Reclaim your time. Go on a walk as a family or go to a movie all together.
Choose your battles. Set some goals for yourself and for your kids. Figure out which hills you’re willing to die on. If your goal is not healthy meals, then don’t worry about that. See #4 above and just scroll past that friend who just started Whole30. Nope. Not today Satan.
Come back tomorrow for the last in this series. We’re going to specifically chat about some self-care tips for you mama! You deserve it.