02 Dec PARENTING TIPS & HACKS
MANAGING YOURSELF WHILE MANAGING THE FAMILY SHIP
START YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT
Getting up before your little ones can help you schedule in getting dressed, a shower and or having a coffee. Sometimes you just need you time before you start your day. Preparing the night before can also be a big help as this can reduce responsibilities and give you more time.
TRY TO STICK TO A ROUTINE
Sticking to a routine helps your family life run more smoothly. This includes wake up/nap/bedtimes, meals, chores and self-care It introduces your child to a schedule and establishes healthy, constructive habits. No matter what is going on in life normality is present and routine can give a child a sense of security.
EAT BALANCED MEALS AND EXERCISE REGULARY
Sometimes we forget to eat when running around after our little ones, try to eat little and often, making sure you eat 2-4 servings of fruit and veg. Exercising also helps, its recommended that we get 2.5 hours of physical activity a week. Walking is a great form of exercise, it’s good for you to get out of the house and great for your little ones to get some fresh air.
GET ENOUGH ZZZs
More sleep detoxes the brain and improves your mood, health and decision making skills. Its critical to recharge your battery’s! When your little one sleeps, you sleep. It can be hard as we think we can catch up while our little one is napping but housework and chores can wait! It’s important for you to feel your best.
ADVICE FOR NEW PARENTS
I think for new parents it can be hard as we believe we should automatically be baby care experts, but It can be an emotional rollercoaster. You don’t have to google every decision you make, google can be your worst enemy when being a new mum and can make you worry more. Take advantage of the years of wisdom in the form of people and life experience. The best thing to do is always trust your Gut! You know your baby the best.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Parenthood doesn’t come with a handbook, we wing it! No one does it perfect, you learn on the job. Be as supportive to yourself as you would be to your best friend. The picture happy families that we see are not always as they seem so the guilt, fear and loneliness that we feel is completely normal.
ACCEPT ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET
Don’t hesitate to ask for help, you need and deserve it! Sometimes we can be too proud to ask but your family and friends are there to support you so lean on them. Everyone will be delighted to help out and be involved anyway. Even if it’s for a few hours so you can have some you time, a relaxing bath or catching up on the missed sleep!
DON’T FORGET WHO YOU ARE
Sometimes we get wrapped up in the roles that we play. It’s as if we have to split ourselves into 6 sometimes and we forget who we are. We can feel as though we lose our identity, with being responsible for someone else and their needs having to come first our priorities, values and sense of self can get lost. Its normal to miss the things we did before but try not to spend too much time looking back on what life used to be like. It’s important to make time for yourself, have a date night, meet up with friends, get your hair done. Mum guilt is real but nurture yourself first, don’t forget that you matter!