Sometimes, being a Mommy can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help us enjoy Mommyhood:
~When you're tired, hand your kids a brush, point to your head, and tell them to play beauty parlor. When you're really tired, pretend that you're Sleeping Beauty.
~Take a bath with your infant. Make sure your husband is around for the hand off, so you can relax until the last minute. (Don't forget to smell your baby right afterward. Heaven!)
~Take your baby out to the movies at night. (Infants love the dark, and loud trailers make them snooze immediately.) Then you can sip your soda and munch your popcorn in peace.
~Give your kids quiet time every day. Let them learn to be by themselves with books, crayons, or blocks.
~Let your whole family take a day off and hang out in pj's all day long.
~Pitch a tent in the backyard. Use it as your outdoor reading room. Or when there's a full moon, plan a family camp out with sleeping bags, a transistor radio, and s'mores, of course.
~Invent a house fairy. Give her a name, and tell your kids that she is always watching them and counting up their good deeds.
~Listen for the deep, happy sighs that come after your kids play or laugh really hard. Tuck them away in your heart.
From The Fun Book for Moms by Melina Gerosa Bellows. copyright 2007 by Melina Gerosa Bellows.