Moms are tasked with a multitude of things. They care for the kids, tend to the home and take care of any other work that has to be done. Sometimes, when all of those voices ask questions or for the umpteenth snack, it’s hard to keep calm and feel okay. Spouses, kids and family members could help ease the burden by recognizing that moms need time too. The following are four ways to give mom a bit of a break.
1. Plan a Day Off
Once a month, let mom have the day off. She may not take it because she feels required to be at home, so schedule it for her. Reserve a hotel room by the ocean or prepay for a day spa Napa Valley. If it’s already arranged, it’s harder to say no. This time off could rejuvenate, providing some personal recuperation time and quiet!
2. Clean the House
Likely, you know the cleaning routine. It could be one day during the weekend. Grab the rags and get to work, tackling the dirt and dust yourself. While you clean, the mom gets to hide out and read a book or watch her favorite show. Even just an hour of peace could take the edge off.
3. Get a Sitter
Surprise her with a night out at her favorite restaurant or nightspot. Call the sitter, and set up the date. Make it about experiencing what she likes since she often goes what everyone else wants or needs. The mounting stress could melt away.
4. Let Her Choose
Many nights (and even days), mom may forgo what she would like to do for what others want instead. Decide that the family is going to put mom first for an evening. She gets to pick what is on television or how the evening activities go.
Moms give of themselves because they care, but sometimes it can be a bit much. If she is looking tired and worn, put her first for a bit. It could perk her up and energize her for the chaos that is coming.