Becoming a parent is one of the most joyous things that a parent can ever go through. The movements you feel inside your body, the sound of their first heartbeat coming through on the sonogram, the first sight of them. It isn’t until you are given your bundle of joy and sent home that you develop a whole lot of messes and stresses! Today I am going to share with you how I tackle parenting’s messes and stresses.
Keep It Clean
We all know that keeping a clean house when you have kids is almost beyond impossible! So I keep Huggies wipes all over the house to keep the house a little bit cleaner! I also keep them in my handbag, car and as well as in Chucky’s backpack, bat bag and soccer bag.
- Keep a zip sealed bag with Huggies wipes by the front door and back door so when your kids decide to go outside on the muddiest day of the year, they can easily wipe them on their way in with some wipes before spreading the mud love all over!
- Put a zip sealed bag of Huggies inside your handbag to easily wipe dirty hands before they touch your nice clean linen pants(: They also come in handy for mom and dad too! There have been plenty of times when I have gotten something on my hands and was not near a sink.
- I use Huggies wipes on ALL of Chucky’s shoes. Whether they are muddy or not, it will keep them looking new for a lot longer! Just have them simply wipe them when they get home from school, church, shopping, playing etc. Trust me, after going 13 years with a boy, I know what I’m talking about!
- I slip zip locked bags filled with Huggies wipes into Chucky’s bat bag, soccer bag and back pack because it’s nice to have something to wipe the sweat and make you feel clean while playing hard!
Keep It Classy
Kids aren’t always a joy, they are constantly growing, talking, and getting into some mischief but as parents we need to keep it classy when they aren’t always a joy to deal with.
- You don’t need to make others around you feel uncomfortable about how you discipline your child/ren. If at all possible remove yourself and your child from around others and explain why they are in trouble for doing what they did.
- Don’t over react, your not going to win the Emmy! It takes too much time to over react instead of just dealing with the situation and moving on.
Chucky learned to get out of his crib at 9 months and instead of my sweet boy coming in to wake mommy up, he went into the downstairs bathroom and decided to take a bath. Fine, he didn’t know how to turn on the water so he decided to shave with a razor that someone had left on the side of the bath tub. He was sitting on a broken mirror that someone had also left in the bath tub. And when I finally found him wanted to freak out but couldn’t because although, he was bleeding from somewhere he was not crying, as a matter of fact, he was smiling and laughing. I scooped him up in a hurry, stripped him of all of his clothing and got him into a tub to get him clean to assess the damage. Yes, I wanted to freak out and blame everyone for why my son was sitting in a bath tub with not only a razor but a broken mirror. Once he was clean and dry, I realized that he had one tiny cut on his shin from where he tried to shave. Yes, I blame myself for that and never once laid in bed again awaiting to hear him awake in the morning!
- Be the best parents you can be. My son has never once told me, “Mom, I love you because you buy me the most expensive clothes.” but he does tell me that I am the best mom ever when I sit with him and read, talk, eat dinner together and share in a bed-time routine!
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Because it’s all small stuff! This is one of my favorite quotes that my dad is always saying and boy-oh-boy do I use it in my head A LOT! As parent’s, children bring about a lot of stresses, not only monetary stresses but stresses of how and if we are raising our kids right!
- There are no handbooks handed out when you bring your child home from the hospital so we use what we know best, our parents and how they raised us as along with some cool things we have learned along the way.
- Be present in your child’s life. If you have to commute a lot, make sure the time spent in the car is quality time not quiet time.
- Don’t worry about the things that you can’t change and that will cause you more stress. With kids, things happen, so just roll with it!
Enjoy the joys and non-joyous moments of parenting because kids get so big so fast and before you know it, they will be leaving for college and, or having a family of their own.
It’s nice to know that we aren’t the only ones who struggle with life’s stresses and messes! Check out this video of Pncho de Anda and Lina Amashta:
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