How To Stop Stressing And Chill Out, For Moms

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Being a mom is the best and most difficult job in the world. There’s no time out, and the pay is, well, non-existent. But that doesn’t mean that parenting isn’t the most rewarding thing you will ever do, especially when you get to bask in the joy of those special magical moments. Despite the rewards, it is easy to end up becoming a stressed wreck – here’s how to be a chilled out and happy mom, no matter what gets thrown at you…

Plan, plan and then plan some more to make life much easier for you and the kids. Do your research to get the best diaper pails, feeding equipment and storage solutions. Allocate a place for everything, and make a point of picking up and putting away as you go. If you do this, you won’t be confronted with a tidal wave of mess that gives you a headache just to look at it! Asking older children to pitch in will lighten the load, and teach them valuable independence and coping skills.

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Take time to recharge your batteries. You are not going to be the best parent you can be if you never have any time to yourself. We’re not talking a fortnight’s holiday here, but regular moments that are just for you to enjoy. Get a therapeutic massage, run yourself a hot bubble bath, grab a glass of wine and your favourite book, or teach yourself yoga. Try out different options to find out what works for you, and make a point of treating yourself regularly. The kids will appreciate you that little bit more, and you’ll be much more philosophical when your toddler has a screaming fit that wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your partner, your family or your friends. In days gone by, it was considered entirely normal for a whole community to be involved in raising children. Mothers relied on the help of everyone around them to get the job done, and they were better off because of it. Today, we live in an increasingly insular society, in some cases having little or no contact with our neighbours.

Many of us have relocated, so we don’t necessarily have family members living nearby to lend a hand. However you get it, help is essential for the wellbeing of yourself and your children, and allows you to be a better mom. Parenting isn’t a test of doing everything right by yourself, and you won’t get any extra kudos for being a martyr!

Getting yourself and your home organised, rewarding yourself with time off, and getting a little help will all allow you to be the mom that your kids deserve. You owe it to yourself and your children to make life as great as it can be – so put these tips into practice today for a tomorrow that you can really look forward to. If you need extra help with de-stressing, there is plenty of advice to be found online on how busy moms can relax – what are you waiting for?

 

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Turn Your Child’s Smartphone Into Something Much More

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The smartphone is one of the great inventions of recent times. Nowadays, not only do most grown adults have one on their person the whole time, but an increasing number of younger people and even children do too. If you are a parent, then it might be that this immediately sets off alarms in your head. After all, it can often seem as though this kind of technology poses a safety risk to your children. But used in the right way, mobile phones can actually be useful in protecting your children from everyday risks and concerns. In this post, we are going to look at some of the key apps which can help your children to get the most out of their phone, whether for safety reasons or just entertainment.

Educational Apps

The first category of useful apps for kids is the educational kind. There are a huge number of educational apps out there, and downloading them onto your children’s phones is likely to prove beneficial in a number of ways. You can get all sorts of apps for teaching your kids all sorts of things, and which to go for depends at least partly on the age of your child. A good example of a decent educational app is Pocket Phonics, which teaches your child the alphabet and numbers using an interactive, sound-and-vision based game strategy. Many parents have already found this app to be particularly useful, and you might too. With the right educational app, your child’s phone can soon become a mobile teacher in their pocket. There is no doubt that that is a great thing.

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Entertainment Apps

The next category is one particularly favoured by children everywhere: the entertainment apps. Of course, this is what they themselves are most likely to be concerned with and think of when it comes to choosing apps for their phone, but there is a many good reason for you to want them to have these types of app as well. The truth is, these apps can be particularly useful these days, especially if your child already has a phone. There are a huge number of such entertainment apps, and it is worth learning the differences between them. One particularly popular one is Show Box, which allows you to stream movies and TV from your phone. If you are curious about this particular app, you can download ShowBox for Android from this website to find out more about it.

Utility Apps

Finally, we have those utility apps. These are often amongst the most intelligent apps of all, and there is definitely a huge variety in what they can do for you. If you are unsure as to what these might entail, we are talking here about things such as the flashlight app orcalculator app. Although commonly overlooked, these are some of the most useful apps, and it is worth ensuring that your child has all the necessary ones. As long as they do, their phone could be considered tobe hugely useful to them in their daily life.

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Craft Your Own Clothes: Getting Started

There’s a wide range of reasons why you might be attracted to the idea of making your own clothes. Whether it’s to make sure that your whole wardrobe fits you perfectly, to know you’re not contributing to child labor and worker’s exploitation, or simply to carve out your own unique style. Whatever your reasons, I’m sure you’re starting to find that crafting isn’t as easy as it seems on the surface! Here are some of my best tips for getting started.

Network

I believe networking is one of the best ways to learn more about anything, and sewing and craftwork is no exception! If you’ve been looking at some patterns online and you can’t make heads or tails of them, then it may be a good idea to find someone a little more knowledgeable to translate it into plain English. The owners of fabric shops are usually pretty good for this. Aside from that, you could look for some sewing groups on social media, chat to the people there, and ask about anything that you’re not sure of. If you prefer doing things face to face, then you can always look for sewing workshops and classes in your local area. Networking and surrounding yourself with people who share your passion is one of the most effective ways to learn more about sewing.

A Few Warnings

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Like with anything, it’s good to know about some of the common mistakes tied to sewing. First of all, don’t think you’re going to save an absolute fortune on new clothes! Quality wholesale fabric, along with thread, workshops, patterns and books will all cost you. If learning how to sew is a financial decision rather than out of a love for the hobby, then I advise you reconsider. Secondly, I’ll give you a more practical tip; when you first buy any piece of fabric, wash it on a normal cycle before you use it in any project. I’m sure you don’t want to spend hours on a beautiful dress, and then have it shrink in the wash!

Go Online

We’re all pretty lucky to live in 2017. Today, no matter what it is you’re trying to get good at, you can be pretty certain that there’s online materials which will set you off on the right track. Take this post, for example! When trying to get into sewing your own clothes, you should be leveraging these materials as much as possible. I probably don’t have to tell you this already, but start to eat, drink and sleep all the YouTube tutorials you can find. Even if the project isn’t something you’re interested in, watching these kinds of videos can teach you a lot of jargon and expose you to useful techniques. Losing yourself in Pinterest can also be a great way to broaden your horizons, find out more about the techniques behind certain pieces, and discover just how much you can do with a sewing machine. Of course, you’re not going to learn how to sew well without doing any sewing, so be sure to print off a few free or cheap beginner’s patterns and get working!

 

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