We all do the “motherhood juggle” and while brain research experts say multitasking is impossible, they have clearly never spent time with a mom! No matter the issue, the juggle, the struggle we do it all! This fabulous book from Chicken Soup for the Soul shares 101 inspiring and humorous stories from mom.
Here are some tips from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide:
Five ways to help busy moms with their multitasking
Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark
Every multitasking mom needs her own survival guide. Whether it’s handling housework hassles and feeding the family, or juggling a career and making “me time,” these tips from Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide will help inspire, entertain and support busy moms.
1. Don’t forget your “me time.” When a friend gave Randi Mazzella a pendant with an “R” charm, it seemed weird to Randi to wear a necklace with her first initial instead of her children’s. Then she realized why: “I was slowly starting to lose my own identity.” Randi had focused so much on her children that she never made time for herself. So she changed that. She joined a gym, volunteered, took a writing class and started selling some of her work. “I am learning and growing,” Randi writes, “and that makes me happier — and a better mother.”
2. Remember why you became a mom. “There are days,” Gina Lee Guilford writes, “when I feel like ditching my SUV at the airport and hopping a plane to Bora Bora.” That is one of the many responsibility-free daydreams Gina has when the demands on her time seem overwhelming. Then there are moments when Gina sees a single woman and imagines how much fun her life must be. Then Gina remembers her life before marriage and children — it was lonely “What I wanted, more than anything, was someone to love, who would love me back,” she writes. Now an impromptu hug or a goodnight kiss from one of her children brings it all back into focus: “I realize I am exactly where I want to be.”
3. Sometimes you just have to laugh. One very harried day, Patricia Lorenz needed help as she managed constant interruptions, cleaning, and preparing dinner with four kids and their friends all in the house. So Patricia carefully explained to her two-year-old, Andrew, how to push the button to turn off the TV. He remembered “push,” “off” and “TV.” When Patricia heard a loud crash and the sound of breaking glass, she went running. Her son proudly showed her how he had “pushed off” the TV…right off the stand. “And there was Andrew, smiling, because he had done just what Mommy asked. He’d pushed off the TV,” Patricia writes. “Boy, did he.”
4. Find a creative solution. When Ann Kronwald faced a last-minute repeat visit from prospective homebuyers, with 30 minutes to clean her messy house, she panicked! Add to that her three young children, a newborn, a baking spree the day before, and cooking, and Ann had an impossible task. “A proper cleaning was not an option. A lousy cleaning was not even doable. I needed a bedroom-sized closet to heave the many mountains into,” Ann writes. “But even if I had one, homebuyers always opened closet doors to check for storage space.” Then she remembered the full-sized van parked in her garage. Ann stashed everything, including dirty dishes, in the van. It worked. She went to contract on the house the next day!
5. You’re never too busy for quality time. As Marya Morin raced to put away groceries and prepare for a dinner party one afternoon, she suddenly realized she was neglecting her young son. “While I was accessible to everyone else,” she writes, “I was becoming less available to my own family.” Marya dropped everything, canceled her dinner, and took her son to the park. The next day she implemented Special Hour—one undisturbed hour with her son several days a week. “We ceremoniously took the phone off the hook, turned off the TV and set the oven timer for sixty minutes,” Marya writes. “He had my undivided attention.” Now that her son is grown, Marya says she is “grateful that I discovered the importance of making time for what was most precious in my life — before being a busy mom made me too busy to be a mom.”
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