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.
- 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.