10 Commandments for Busy Moms
I take my role as a Mom pretty seriously. I always try to do the best for my family & make each day special. I am big on making memories & giving my kiddos the best childhood I can. I don’t try to be “perfect”. I just try to be the best Mom I can be. God gifted me with 4 amazing humans and they deserve my very best. Now granted there have been many days that I have been stressed out and cranky but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that so many times we get upset and cranky about the stuff that just doesn’t really matter.
I keep adding more and more commitments these days. Maybe because my kids are getting older and are more “self sufficient” I feel like I can devote more time to other things. I don’t know what I’m thinking actually. I’m so busy most days! I did tell my husband recently though, that I’m NOT going to complain about any of it though because I am the one who signed up for all that is going on in my life right now. I could have said, “No”, but I chose be a part of everything that I’m involved in right now. Sure there will be days when I’m stressed, tired, need to cry, and feeling very cranky but I will do my best to not take it out on my family…that’s what friends are for! Ha Ha 🙂
Seriously, though as Moms we tend to sometimes take on too much and we need to really take a step back and look at what’s really important and weed out the stuff that’s not. We are all different and we all handle stress differently. Some can handle a lot that gets thrown at them and some can’t handle very much at all. Know your limits and learn to deal with the daily stresses of being a busy Mom.
Here are 10 Commandments that I will be printing and putting up in my office to remind myself of. Some of these I REALLY need to work on.
I. Thou shalt not be perfect or even try to be.
Just be the best Mom you can be for your kids but that doesn’t mean you are “perfect”. We all have our bad days. Don’t stress about it and move on.
II. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.
You can not please everyone so don’t even try. Do your best and help people to understand that you are one person.
III. Thou shalt sometimes leave things undone.
It’s ok to leave dishes in the sink and laundry piling up in the hamper. It’s also ok to take a nap when you need it if you can.
IV. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.
Don’t over commit yourself. Do what you can with the time you have.
V. Thou shalt learn to say “no”.
It’s ok to say “NO”. Really it is! You CAN NOT do it all so learn what your limits are and what you can handle without stressing out too much. Say “yes” to what’s really important!
VI. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.
Make time for yourself. Go get a mani or pedi. Take time to read a book or enjoy a hobby. Spend time with friends who lift you up.
VII. Thou shalt switch thyself off, and do nothing regularly.
Make sure you take time to do nothing. Give yourself a break. Your brain needs to turn off and recharge. (This one is a tough one for me!)
VIII. Thou shalt not even feel guilty for doing nothing, or saying no.
Nope! Don’t feel guilty for taking some time to do nothing or for saying no to something you really don’t want to do. You deserve a break so enjoy it!
IX. Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant, and unattractive at times.
It’s ok to stay in your yoga pants. It’s ok to not do your hair or makeup (although I rarely go without makeup). It’s okay to be lazy!
X. Thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but be thine own best friend.
Love yourself! Love all your faults, your wrongs, your rights, your worst days and your best days. You are human & don’t forget that!