Sunday, November 21, 2010

How to Be a Happy Mom

1.  Setting Boundaries.  This is the most important tool for a happy mom.  I could talk about boundaries all day....but the truth is I really think having this skill is the most important skill a happy mom could have.  Being able to stay no
You may have grown up thinking that putting everyone else first is what a "good mom" does, but the truth is if you always put everyone else first, you will end up miserable, not fun to be around, and resentful.  If this is you, don't worry.  Setting boundaries is very difficult and uncomomfortable at first but it does get easier as you do it more and people will eventually respect you for setting your limits.

2.  Exercise.  Feeling good about yourself is so important, not to mention being healthy.  Exercise is a healthy escape from caring for children. Also, maintaining a healthy weight is something that will give you control and ability to keep up with the fast pace of your children. 

3.  Good nutrition.  Eating a variety of fruits, veggies, and whole grains will give a happy mom sustainable energy and ward off sickness.  Good nutrition also helps to maintain a healthy weight making you feel better about yourself.

4.  Good support system.  Developing a good support system is essentional for being a happy mom.  In addtion, hire a good babysitter

5.  Good Resources.  I love books and reading great blogs on the web.  Finding your favorite websites, books, and/or magazines will help you come up with new ideas when you face the many questions that face a parent.

6.  Know yourself.  Following your intution, pursuing your passions and keeping your identity will help you feel like you are not only a mom, but still a person.  Although your directions change a little once you have a child, you can still follow your dreams and create the life that you want. 

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