It is astounding the number of times a strange dog as leapt towards my children while the owner claims “don’t worry, he’s very friendly!” How am I supposed to know he’s friendly as my children pull back in fear? And I’m just supposed to take their word for it?! Nope. I don’t think so. This might ruffle a few feathers, but I don’t allow my children to touch dogs they don’t know. And owners who encourage my kids to pet their dogs are one of my biggest pet peeves as a mom. (lol, see what I did there?!)
Now I’m not anti-dog. The people closest to me know that I’m not a pet person and I have no intention of becoming a pet owner. But I don’t hate animals, and I certainly don’t encourage my children to dislike them. But I do teach my children to be cautious. And there are way too many pet-owners out there who are undermining my efforts.
These are the main reasons why I won’t allow my kids to pet strange dogs.
“Self care” is kind of a tricky subject for me. Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it. It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care. Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable. Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without. To me those things don’t constitute self care. They constitute survival. To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional. Here are my recommendations for ways to easily incorporate a little self care into your already jam-packed schedule. Because self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood. And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.
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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank. If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.
If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families. It’s that simple and that hard.
Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day. I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common. The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner. Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.
“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”
I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles. She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses. So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt. Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”
And I didn’t really know how to respond! There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way. I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and I’m crafty, so naturally I’ve wanted to be a creative business owner since before I knew what that really meant. It took me a while to find my ‘thing’ (wool felt!), I first tried several other crafty ideas. I’ve also always wanted to be a stay at home mom, so I had to find a way to make those two dreams work together.
It’s hard work to be self-employed and work from home with kiddos running around, but it’s possible if you’re determined! I want the flexibility of being self-employed so that I can be here when the kids get home from school, or if they need to be picked up. There’s no need to miss a meeting or a soccer practice because I set my own hours. I have systems in place that help me stay on track and succeed as a small business owner. And here’s a great, free printable workbook full of pages to help you set attainable goals and become a master of time management!