Parenting is a tough gig, but we want you to know you’re doing these three things right as a mom
We’ve noticed so many articles on the web pointing out everything you’re missing as a mom and analyzing every single aspect where you fall flat as a parent.
Well, stop beating yourself up about not feeding your children the newest gluten-free or paleo diet, or not having time to exercise.
We know you’ve got it (mostly) figured out.
Here are three things we see you’ve worked hard on and three more tips that can fully maximize your enormous efforts, even if you’re a busy mom.
Nutrition: What You Already Know
Eating three meals a day, keeping your snacks healthy, remembering your kid’s favorite food, and going grocery shopping – you’ve got it all under control.
You pack in as many vegetables as possible and limit the number of sweets your children eat.
But you also know to give in to cravings and having some unhealthy, sugary snacks on hand teach your kids to limit themselves.
How Supplements Can Help
If you have especially picky eaters at home, or you are way too busy to cook well-rounded meals every night, you’ve learned how to become resourceful and inventive.
In most cases, cooking ahead and specific meal planning are lifesavers.
But, when you feel like you or your family are lacking in their daily vitamins and minerals, there are dietary supplements you can add.
To ensure these supplements are all-natural and safe, you can look up personal reviews on websites like Research Verified.
There are so many options for supplements that can help your entire body, from maintaining healthy skin to your liver function.
There are supplements that can help reduce your blood pressure, improve your brain function, and provide risk-free treatments with little to no side effects.
If you want to find a specific supplement and see how well it’s worked for others, you can check out Mommy Authority.
Sleep is essential in maintaining a healthy, functioning body, as well as keeping your mind calm.
That’s why you have bedtimes for your kids, and it is non-negotiable – unless grandma is around.
You’ve developed (sometimes elaborate) sleep plans for your kids, wrestling with sleep problems with kids of all ages.
You remember sleepless nights when your child was a baby and couldn’t sleep through the night, and may now be dealing with your toddler having nightmares.
You know that after being woken up and thinking quickly on your feet, you can now go from a frightened child to them sleeping soundly within minutes.
Improve Your Own Sleep Habits
We all know parenthood deprives you of sleep, but don’t forget your own needs for sleep!
Severe sleep loss leads to irritability, memory loss, motor control problems, as well as causing your weight gain due to your metabolism slowing down.
Just like your kids have a nightly bedtime, you should, too.
If you find yourself too wound up to go to sleep, a list of unending chores you have to get to running in your head, try some relaxing activities before bed.
Limit screen time for up to one hour before bed.
Dim the lights
Take a sleep supplement.
It’s always astounding how much energy kids have – they are constantly busy running, jumping, crawling – you name it.
You know how to channel their energy when they’re bouncing off the walls and can arrange fun and clever games for them with just a stick and some paper.
You may sometimes feel like a secretary all the time you spend arranging playdates, after-school activities, and sports practices.
But you haven’t missed a game yet and can see how much practices have paid off during competition.
The best way to get a little exercise yourself is to join in on the fun!
No, this doesn’t mean it’s your time to pick up a bat and become part of your son’s Little League team, but getting yourself more involved in your kid’s playing creates a stronger bond with them and also helps you stay fit.
Sure, kids have a “no grownups” rule, but that shouldn’t deter you from trying some games yourself.
Play a game of catch, go for a walk in the park, or start a spirited game of basketball.
Whatever sport you or your kids are into, it can be a joint effort.
Getting your heart rate up at least three times a week for 20 minutes is all you need to stay healthy.