Being a mom is a full-time job. It can be hard to find time for yourself, and it seems like the days are just flying by. But it’s important to make the most out of motherhood and enjoy your kids as much as possible. In this blog post, we will share 19 tips that will help you do just that! So without further ado, here are our top tips for making the most out of motherhood and enjoying your kids more.
19 Tips for Making Motherhood More Enjoyable So You Can Be A Happier and More Fulfilled Mom
Making motherhood more enjoyable doesn’t have to be complicated. By following these simple tips, you can be a happier and more fulfilled mom. And, in turn, your children will also be happier and more well-adjusted.
Prioritize The Relationship With Your Kids
Invest quality time in your children every day, even if it’s just a few minutes. Listen to them, talk to them, and really be present with them. This will help you to connect with them and understand them better.
Set A Nurturing Family Culture
Choose a family culture that works for you and your children. Whether it’s religious, spiritual, or simply based on values and traditions, having a shared culture will help to create a strong bond between you and your kids.
Do Something New
Mom life can be mundane and repetitive. To keep things interesting, make a point to do something new with your kids every day. It can be something as simple as trying a new recipe together or going for a walk in a different park.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
There will be days when everything goes wrong. The important thing is to not let the little things ruin your day. Let things go and focus on the positive.
Find Time For Yourself
It’s important to find time for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Whether you use that time to read, take a bath, or just relax, it will make a world of difference.
Create A Support Network To Go To For Help
It’s important to have a supportive network of family and friends who you can rely on. This will make it easier to cope with the challenges of motherhood. Having a support network, even if it’s not family or friends, is life-changing. With the right people in your corner, you will have someone to go to for help when you need it. And on that note, don’t forget to ask for and receive help! You can’t do it all alone and shouldn’t expect yourself to (or be expected to by others)!
In the midst of the daily grind, it’s easy to forget to just be present. Make a point to slow down and really savor the precious moments with your children. Put away the screens, ask each other questions, don’t worry about your to-do list, and just be grateful to have these moments with your children.
Meditate Or Do Breath Work
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to meditate or do some breathwork. This will help to center and calm you so you can better deal with whatever is going on. Doing either on a regular basis even when you’re not overwhelmed will help it feel natural and automatic when you do get stressed, so schedule in activities like these to help you regulate your nervous system and manage stress proactively. You’re also teaching your kids how to do the same, which is going to help them throughout their life!
Make Your Home A Haven
Your home should be a place where you can feel relaxed and happy. This means decluttering, organizing, and making your space work for you and your family. It also means making it feel like home, whether that’s by putting up family pictures or drawings, or just things that make everyone feel more peaceful and calm. When your home feels relaxed and like a haven for you and your family, everyone will benefit. It will be more peaceful and enjoyable to be in, but also easier to manage and clean.
Fresh air does wonders for the soul. Make sure to get outside every day, even if it’s just for a short walk around the block or sitting outside. Getting some vitamin D and fresh air will help to improve your mood and give you the energy you need to deal with whatever the day throws at you.
Schedule Regular Date Nights
Whether you have a significant other or not, it’s important to schedule regular date nights. Yes, you can date yourself! This can be anything from going out to dinner and a movie, to simply renting a movie and having a picnic in your living room.
Find A Mom Tribe
It’s important to find other moms that you can relate to. This can provide much-needed support, friendship, and understanding. You can find a mom tribe online or in person. There are also many mom groups that you can join, whether it’s a playgroup, book club, or just coffee meetups.
Eat Well And Hydrate Regularly
Eating healthy will make you feel better and give you more energy. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, as these foods contain mood-boosting nutrients and minerals. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mood, and boost your energy. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, there are plenty of at-home workouts you can do. Just make sure to get moving every day, and if you can include your kids, that’s even better! Try having a dance party, playing tag or hide and seek, doing jumping jacks, or whatever you and your kids enjoy.
In order to be the best mom you can be, you need to prioritize sleep. This means going to bed at a reasonable hour when possible and taking naps when you can. Of course, this will look different depending on your kids’ ages and your season of life, but prioritizing sleep and rest is essential. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel when you’re well-rested!
Make Time For Your Hobbies
Don’t forget about the things you love to do! Whether it’s painting, scrapbooking, or hiking, make sure to schedule some time for your hobbies. You’ll be a happier mom if you do. Even if you can’t do it every day or by yourself, try to find ways to fit it into your life. Maybe you can include your kids or do your hobby in the morning while they’re still sleeping. However you are able to fit it into your life, it’s important to have something for you that you can look forward to and do things that genuinely light you up.
Disconnect From Technology
It’s important to disconnect from technology and be present. This means putting away your phone, turning off the TV, and being in the moment. It can be hard to do, but it’s so important for your well-being and your relationship with your kids. Not only will this tip help you relax and focus on the things that are truly important in life, but it shows your family that you’re willing to simply be there with them distraction-free.
Invest In Your Mental Health (And Your Kids)
Make sure to invest in your mental health. This means making time for yourself, scheduling regular check-ups with your therapist, and taking care of yourself. It also means being proactive about your mental health and teaching your kids how to do the same. Learn about and teach them about life-long skills like emotion regulation, taking mental health days, and doing what fills you up. There are so many ways to do this, from mindful games like these movement cards and these affirmation cards for kids from Generation Mindful. When you invest in your mental health, you’re investing in your kids’ future.
Release The Perfection And Have Realistic Expectations
One of the most important things to do as a mom is to release perfection. It’s impossible to be perfect and if you try to be, you’ll just end up being stressed out and unhappy. Expecting too much of yourself and your kids (and partner if applicable) is the cause of so much stress for parents. Have realistic expectations for yourself and your family. This doesn’t mean that you should lower your standards, but it does mean that you should give yourself and your family some grace.
Making the most out of motherhood means taking care of yourself first and foremost. That means getting enough sleep, eating well, and making time for your hobbies. It also means being proactive about your mental health and teaching your kids how to do the same. There are endless ways to enjoy motherhood more, but we hope these essential tips help you enjoy mom life more starting right now!