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Tips for the worn-out Moms
May 2, 2005
11:34 am
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Rasputin
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Hi,

I found the following article on a website. I hope it'll be helpful to those among us who are moms and feel overwhelmed, unable to prioritize, or have too much in their plate.

Warm Regards,

Rasputin

7 Musts for the Worn-out Moms:

1. Acknowledge that you want to make some changes. Then decide that you are willing to be intentional about making those changes. This is the first and most important step.

2. Take a time and activity inventory. Look at your calendar and schedule. See what you or your children do regularly and ask yourself, Do I or does someone else in our family truly enjoy this? Prioritize the activities. What are your top three, the ones that are important and are making a difference in your life or theirs? Which are helping them grow? What are you doing that only you can do? What are you doing that someone else could do? Who can you delegate some or all of these last ones to?

3. Cut! Eliminate at least one or two of the activities at the bottom of your list, the ones that you are willing to cut to gain more “nothing” time for the family or more “just for me” time. Schedule at least one regular afternoon or evening a week for doing nothing at home. Protect that time wisely. Don’t cut out all the “just for me” time either.

4. Make time for fun. Fun lightens your load, so lighten up and give yourself permission to have fun, even in the midst of doing other stuff. Dinner can wait. Christmas cards can arrive around New Year’s Day. Weeds can grow in the garden for another day. The answering machine can catch the phone. Have fun in your own style, but don’t miss out on the fun all around you.

5. Check your traditions. Have you outgrown some? Can you trade an old one for a new one? Are you having an annual Fourth of July party that depletes you and keeps you from doing other important family activities? Do you go to the same place every Labor Day that has gotten to be more trouble than it is worth? Are you part of a lunch bunch that has outgrown its original purpose? Check your traditions.

6. Choose wisely. Never say yes right away to a request that demands an ongoing commitment. Take some time to think about the request and what it will mean in your schedule. Don’t add a new activity without taking out an old one. Pick the best. Say no to the rest.

7. Review activities every season. Now that you have cleaned your calendar, commit to reviewing your activities regularly. Just as you clean your closet, your calendar needs a regular review.

May 2, 2005
7:16 pm
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Really cool - as I sit here looking at this EXHAUSTED.

I work 32 hours a week and have 3 children, and 5 when my stepkids are out for the summer.

I get up at 4:30 three times a week to work out and be ready before they get up.

My kids don't do a lot of extracurricular stuff.......yet. My oldest 2 won't be in middle school for 3 more years. My littlest is one - anything they begin now they could begin later and "catch up" to kids that started younger.

Right now they are playing with a LEGO board game in the room as it is drizzly outside. Fine by me!

I don't need a lot of hectic running around!

If they REALLY want something bad I would make it happen. I am considering swimming lessons once per week, but we will see!

Thanks for the cool post I think I'll save it.

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