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  • 5 Ways You Can Take Care of Yourself as a Stay at Home Parent

    Taking care of yourself as a stay at home parent is extremely important for yourself, as well as your children. When you have a kid, your life may seem like it revolves around your child, and on some level, it does. Because of that, you may forget to take care of yourself or worse you find your self-questioning why you should, and that’s never a good thing.

    Here are some ways you can take care of yourself as a stay at home parent.

    Go to bed at a decent time, and give yourself 6-8 hours of sleep

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    Your sleep is important. While it’s best to sleep 8 hours, sometimes, as a parent, you’ll be faced with times that you might strain snooze at least hours. Allowing yourself enough rest, allows you to focus on taking care of your kids, and running your household well.

    During the times you might not be lucky enough to get even 6 hours of sleep, try a short nap. If you have small children that do a nap time, you could also utilize that time to take your own nap.

    Make sure to eat at least 3 meals a day

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    Your health is just as important as your child’s health. Making sure to eat 3 meal a day keeps your energy up so you can keep up with your kid, or for some parents, multiple children. It’s really easy to skip a meal when times get hectic. Missing a meal could leave you dizzy or not performing up to your normal self.

    Take an hour each day to do an activity that would be considered good exercise

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    Exercise can help keep you in shape. If you’re stuck at home, you can do simple things like floor exercises or walk around the neighborhood, especially if you cannot afford to purchase a gym membership. And while the weather is still summery there’s still time to take advantage of these summertime activities.

    If you can, try delegating tasks to reduce stress and don’t overwork yourself

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    It takes a lot to run a household and also raise children. If you’re married, try involving your spouse in helping out when your schedule is busy. If you have a child that is old enough for some chores, assign them some tasks.

    Never overwork yourself. It’s okay to want to be the super parent, but sometimes, a little help can reduce your stress, and also, later allow time for family fun. Don’t be afraid or feel embarrassed to ask for help.

    Try a leisure activity at least once a week that you can enjoy without the kids

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    You can’t always be cooped up in your house, and you can’t allow your children to be attached at the hip. Getting a babysitter from time to time will allow you to have a little bit of time to yourself. And if planned with enough time you can hook up with a friend or two and make it a girls afternoon or night.

    For a married couple, this is important, as it allows you to fit in a date night, and keep the relationship from being strained.

    Are you a parent that is always at home with the kids? What ways do you take care of yourself?
  • EIGHT TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR VERY FIRST MOMMY TRIP

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    So, you’re thinking about planning your very first mommy trip. Congratulations! I know it’s hard to process of the idea of doing something major like a vacation without your kids, or your partner. But every once and a while you need to ditch them and do something for you. Those Target and Starbucks runs will only do so much to help clear your mind. Sometimes you just gotta hit the road. I once took a week long mommy trip with three other women. It was an amazing seven days! Here’s how we were able to pull it off:

    PLAN

    I think it’s best to plan 8 months to a year in advance for a trip lasting 5 nights or longer. It will allow you to get your personal finances in order, as there’s nothing worse than being on a trip broke. But most importantly it’s to get the entire groups schedule in sync. Without it, you’ve got nada. Scheduling is everything. You not only have to coordinate the schedule of your household but the households of those planning to go, including partners who have to put in vacation requests to stay home with the kids and/or to pay for sitters

    With your dates confirmed its time to…

    RESEARCH

    As a group, you gotta openly talk about what type of trip you want to take. Do you want to be active and adventurous? Do you want to relax and lounge? If you’re unsure do a little research about location ideas and what they have to offer. Afterward look into flights, hotels, transportation (if needed), and activities. Each mom should take one item and research it so that no one person is doing all the work. Unless there’s a mom who enjoys doing all the work, there’s almost always a natural born planner in the group.

    With your location set now its time to talk…

    PRICE

    Knowing everyone’s budget should be established early on. With you all being friends there’s no reason to feel embarrassment about how much you can or can’t afford. Financial transparency is key to this trip even getting off the ground. Once your destination and budget are agreed upon now if time to start pricing your trip. If there are four or less you all can simply share a room or maybe do 2 rooms side by side with an adjourning door.

    When I took my mommy trip there were four of us in one room. This helps keep cost low and will allow you to splurge at 4-star hotel, or upgrade your room from a city view to an ocean room, or maybe a suite. Remember deals are your friends. You can find them on various vacation and discount sites like Groupon or Expedia. Also, call the hotel directly and inquire about any unlisted deals they may have. Remember the earlier you book the better.

    Additional tips…

    START SAVING

    If you have a hard time saving up coins try opening a vacation savings account. Have a little money direct deposited directly into that account. This way you don’t have to think about putting money to the side. And to keep the money from being too easily accessible don’t link it to your debit card. Make it so that you have to go inside the bank to dip into it. Trust me, you will not go to the bank to withdraw money from the account.

    STAY ORGANIZED

    A way to keep organized throughout your planning is a group email, Google doc or a private Facebook group. The best thing about the private Facebook group is, one it’s a secret so no one has access to it outside of the group. And two, you can turn on the group notifications to make sure you’re always in the know about everything relating to the trip.

    CALL AND ASK ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

    Sign up for hotel or event newsletters or reminders for the location you plan to visit. Keeping up to date about what’s happening locally will allow you to plan around an event that may be of interest to the group. There’s nothing fun about missing a dope ass event taking place nearby simply because you didn’t know it was happening.

    IT’S OKAY TO NOT DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER

    Don’t worry if everyone isn’t in agreement with an adventure idea. Yes, its a group trip but don’t expect to be together the entire time. It’s perfectly okay if the group separates to do different things. The group split will make for great conversation at dinner about what everyone did with their day.

    Now that you have your mommy trip planned out the only thing left to do is shop for new outfits, pack and get excited!

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