Mom life is busy. It’s hectic, and messy, and requires lots of patience. The consistency in that statement across our unique situations only prove that this is true no matter how you choose to structure your day.
Predictably, anyone who posts on the internet regarding that topic is trying to ease your our pain. Let’s discuss 3 actions moms overlook to make parenting easier that haven’t been getting the attention they deserve!
3 Actions Moms Often Overlook That Make Life Easier (When You’re Parenting)
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Utilize Products that Prompt You with Nurturing Activities
Products that prompt you with nurturing activities are great because you don’t have to come up with the idea or plan to execute it. All the supplies or equipment needed are provided to you. Most activities will take 45 minutes to complete.
Be selective with these and make sure they bring value to you and your child. When chosen well for your situation, these activities will let you engage and learn with your child. Most likely your child will also look forward to this activity once they realize it happens regularly. Options may be free or paid. Possibilities include:
- KiwiCrate subscription or similar service
- Library Story times
- Imagination Library subscription (0-5yrs)
- Bright By Text alert system
- Tinkergarten, Music Together, or other classes where the parent is involved
- Spending time coloring or partaking in arts + crafts projects
All of these examples represent a different way you can be prompted. Craft crates inspire creativity. Storytimes allow interaction with other kids and grownups. Imagination Library introduces your family to new books and ways to use them for learning. Bright By Text gives support for developmental milestones. Tinkgergarten, Music Together, and other classes attended with a parent provide learning environments which focus on the joy of experimentation and discovery.
Moms who don’t like to commit to schedules, or at least regular attendance for optional activities may gloss over these ideas. However, most moms I know get just as much out of the classes as their kids when it comes to connecting with others, following instructions rather than giving them, and a reprieve from the rest of life’s demands – if only for an hour. So go ahead and give one a try!
Car seat Cleaning
I try to minimize how often I have to clean the three convertible car seats I have in our van. However, after spending an entire afternoon going through the process of doing so because I kept getting a whiff of something when strapping my boys in, I decided this was worthy of inclusion in this article.
Think of it more of a how-to so your need to clean any car seats are few and far between!
If you have already had to wash a car seat, you know how cumbersome the process is. You must remove it completely from the car so you can unthread the straps. Next, you must take the fabric off the plastic shell. In doing both you realize how much has been hiding between each layer and on the seat the car seat sits on. After that you have to wash this bulky item in a washer. And finally, don’t forget putting it all back together and correctly securing back in your vehicle.
We love this car seat protector, perfect for keeping your upholstery clean from animals, kids, and adults alike! It can go over just the seat, or placed under the car seat for extra protection.
Let’s go ahead and minimize those frequencies!
Start by reducing snacks and food that get eaten in the car. This rule goes out the window on long trips, but is doable for most driving in and around town. Feed your child right before climbing in to buckle up, or immediately upon trip completion. Often, do both.
Can’t do without snacks on the go completely? We love these no-spill containers from Amazon!
Next, when eating in the car happens, choose your food wisely. Stay away from foods like applesauce that can splatter everywhere and smear easily. Also avoid anything that will stink if pieces find their way into hard to reach places. Unlocking the car on a sweltering day and having your nose greeted with an unidentifiable stench is never fun.
Take into account your child’s age and any choking hazards with foods you choose. Then, consider the following for food to eat in the car. Use these as a guideline. Notice that these items are all easy to clean, won’t decay, and don’t splatter or smear much.
- Goldfish, or almost any cracker
- Seeds and nuts
- Dried fruit
- Dry cereal
When you are in a potty training phase, make sure bathroom breaks happen right before getting into the car, and/or right after getting out. This will minimize any accidents.
Evaluate Purchases Before You Click “Buy”
When you shop for an item, the description tells you all about the features, and maybe the benefits. You might compare price, value, reliability, energy star ratings and more.
With so many ways to compare one version of the item you want to another, sometimes it becomes hard to know what you really need.
Get back to basics. Start by understanding the end result you want. Why are you going to spend money on this item? Doing so removes most of the noise and puts your focus on each contending product’s ability to get the result you want.
Searching for a new backpack? Consider how it fits your child, if your child is able to store everything inside, and how many pockets he’ll realistically use. Do you want a lunch box to fit inside, or will it be carried? Are the straps comfortable.
Most of those questions will limit the products available, which makes picking one easier. The best design in the world doesn’t matter if your child is in discomfort wearing it. Just like that super cute top that is just a bit too tight and therefore still has the tags on it (or it that just me?).
Bonus Tip! Share The “New Job: Dad” Book With A Dad
You’re probably thinking, “dads rarely read and I could barely get him to learn about how baby was growing while pregnant”. And I get that. Books for mom tend to be text heavy and focused on the pregnancy phase when dad is mainly a bystander.
The book “New Job: Dad” was written with this in mind. It’s concise, broken into bite-sized pieces, and focused on parenting once baby arrives. Best of all? It contains tips and tricks to help him be the best dad he can be in less than 100 pages. Written by the author of “15 Ways For New Moms To Manage Stress & Stay Sane” and published on September 16th, 2021, buy it for a new dad or dad-to-be in your life!