Parents

Phase 3: Healthy Parents

It is tough to balance eating right, raising a toddler and working full time. The time you spend with your children should be frequent and meaningful, but you should still take some “me” time to rejuvenate and re-energize. A happy mom makes for a happy child, so keep in good spirits. Here are some tips for moms on the go. (Any mom of a toddler is frequently “on the go!”)

 

Organize Your Life

  • Get organized! Arrange your house and office space so that you can be the most productive.
  • Make grocery lists and “to do” lists. Jot down reminders so you can concentrate on other things. Cross off your achievements each day.
  • Keep a monthly budget sheet. You can track what you spend on groceries and anything else that you purchase. Clip coupons when you can. Anything to save a little at the store!
  • Don’t waste time on meaningless things.
  • Keep an engagement calendar.

Family Time

  • Search for family-friendly events in your area.
  • Read to your children. This is an especially nice bed time routine to establish. Dedicate an hour before bed time to quiet time including reading and cuddling with your child.
  • Turn to parenting groups or friends with children for advice and support.
  • Remember to enjoy the time you have with your children. They are only young once!
  • Enjoy nature. Nothing can lift your spirits more than spending some time outdoors when there is nice weather.

Time For You

  • Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Remember to eat foods that are rich in fiber.
  • Get your exercise – 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.
  • Avoid fast foods. They are high in fat and calories and do not give your body the proper nutrients it needs to keep up with an active child.
  • Make time for yourself to do things you enjoy, whether it is gardening, reading or just relaxing.
  • Pamper yourself when time allows.
  • Always get a good night’s sleep.

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