Taking Care of You

Taking Care of YOU--Tips and Tricks for Everyday ParentsIn honor of Mother’s Day weekend, we are kicking off a new series here on the Playtime Press called Taking Care of You.

Below you’ll find 8 everyday moms sharing ONE thing they do daily to take care of themselves.

We know your days are busy working, kissing boo-boos, juggling laundry, making dentist appointments, and reading good-night stories. As parents, we instinctively put our children’s needs first. We prioritize their health and their happiness above our own.

It’s time to step back and look at the whole picture. You need to take care of you FOR THEM. You are the only one who can give your child a happy parent who enjoys life. What a wonderful gift!

What’s ONE thing you do to take care of yourself? *great list of tips

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Are you nodding your head in agreement? Good!

We know that Taking Care of You is easier said than done. So, throughout the summer, we’ll continue to share weekly posts with simple, easy, unique ideas to keep you inspired. In this special series, our Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassadors will share their practical, real-life advice on how to:

  • Focus on your own well-being
  • Make healthy eating simple + enjoyable
  • Build exercise into your family routine
  • …and more!

So, let’s meet these everyday mamas. Your companions in this series will be:

Taking Care of You

Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom
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Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon
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Allison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards
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And special guest…

Shawn Ledington Fink of Abundant Mama
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Follow Melissa & Doug on Facebook, or follow our special Taking Care of You Pinterest board for ongoing ideas and inspiration from this series.



Practical Advice from Parents

To get things rolling, we asked a few of our favorite parent bloggers:

What’s ONE thing you do to take care of yourself?

Here’s what they had to say…

What’s ONE thing you do to take care of yourself? *great list of tips

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I get up early in the morning, before the kids wake up, and have a cup of coffee and plan my day. It helps me focus and get mentally prepared. It’s usually the only time of my day where I can sit uninterrupted and reflect. Totally worth setting an alarm clock for.
— Amanda Rueter of Dirt and Boogers

I try to do ‘three for me’ — three things for me every day. They are usually little things, like drinking water, making time to read, remembering to take my multivitamins, or exercising. But just writing ‘three for me’ on my to-do list means I am reminded every day that it is important to take care of myself, as well as everyone else.
— Kate Fairlie of Picklebums

I carve out at least 15 minutes every day to do something creative or playful. Finger painting, doodling, or sometimes playing with play dough after the kids are in bed. Great stress relief. If I’m not making something, I’m not happy!
— Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen of Inner Child Fun

I reflect regularly on what I did well and what I would like to do differently. I find scheduling in 15 minutes a few nights a week is crucial for my emotional well-being, to give myself positive feedback instead of only negative thoughts that can crop up after a hard day.
— Chelsea Lee Smith of Moments A Day

My 1 thing: I exercise. I find time 3-4 times/week to run, hit the gym, do pilates, or yoga because it gives me time to clear my head, regain focus, and be kind to the people around me.
— Blog Ambassador, Amy Mascott of Teach Mama

Schedule time and make sure it’s on the calendar…both our calendars. We have regular conversations about family, time, and breaks.
— Mel Avila of Raising Playful Tots

Green smoothies in the morning and yoga as often as I can carve out space for it. I’ve been doing classes for years, and I am just starting to practice at home. It is by far the single best thing I can do to get myself back into a right state of mind and appreciate all that is going on around me. Oh yeah, and I recently got one of those fitness tracker arm bands. I’ve been trying to make sure I get my daily steps in each day. That makes me feel much better.
— Blog Ambassador, Stacy Teet of Kids Stuff World

In the past, as a teacher, 5:30 was my normal wake-up time. I’d set my alarm, get up early, and have a brief amount of time just for me. I had forgotten how much I needed this “me time” as a stay-at-home mom. Me and my thoughts get to have a date with coffee. I also use the time to prepare myself to be patient, loving, and supportive throughout the day.
— Dayna Abraham of Lemon Lime Adventures

What’s one thing YOU currently do for yourself?
Let’s chat in the comments.

Editor’s Note: This article does not constitute medical advice. Do not begin an exercise routine without consulting your doctor.