1) Put your kid to bed on time.
I've learned the hard way that 30 extra minutes means 30 minutes less in me time. Put em to bed.
2) Don't clean up after every mess.
Why? They are just going to mess it up again. You will get frustrated and clean it up again. Then they will mess it up again. They cycle is endless. Do a quick de-clutter session after they are down for the night.
3) Teach everyone how to fend for themselves.
If you become the do it person for everyone in the house, you will have a meltdown in the bathroom. I stopped counting my breakdowns because I stopped catering to every little need:)
4) Go to sleep a little earlier.
Staying up to see Real Housewives...doesn't that stress you out? It gets on my nerves and makes me want to visit #15. I'm still guilty of engaging in this mess from time to time.
Enjoy that time behind the closed door with your head phones on and don't you dare feel bad about ignoring those little hands knocking on the door. That's what Dad is for.
6) Pretend that you didn't notice that the laundry is piling up.
When someone brings it up tell them you'll get to it. It's guaranteed at the crib that the hubby will usually get sick of it and just happen to get to it before I do:) DO NOT tell my secret!
7) Pretend to nap, even though you are really wired.
The hubby usually sympathizes and keeps the kid at bay. That buys me about another 30 minutes or 1 hour to myself.
8) Go to the grocery store by yourself!
Oh my gosh, this is really therapeutic to me. Time by myself and I actually have control over what I am doing and buying. Which basically translates to me getting to enjoy my bag of M&M's in the car on the way back home without someone yelling "gimme some, gimme some!"
9) Take a longer shower.
So what the water bill rises another $2. You have just brought yourself another 10 minutes of alone time.
10) Feel on your significant other when you think the kid isn't looking.
You'll get caught and she will see you and say "I see you" but just reassure yourself (and your husband) that she didn't see you palming your hubby's rear end. Sorry, don't have a picture of this:)
11) Smile when you want to scream.
It worked when my daughter made me go into panic mode after she stuck something up her nose again.
I hide a lot. When the kid usually finds me she thinks we're playing a great game of peek-a-boo!
13) Mumble incoherent sentences out loud.
They don't need to make sense. My husband and my daughter don't bother me during this time because they know its not good to bother folks who talk to themselves:)
Hunh? Read this and this:)
15) Drink wine.
As an occasional treat of course. Or more. I don't have a drinking problem and I don't want one but some days...some days...
16) Have your little one rub your feet.
She likes to pinch my noise and make oink noises so why not make her do something more productive.
Some days you just have to cry. This is another incident in which the hubby proceeds with caution.
18) Disconnect from other people's drama.
Translation: give up Facebook for a few days. Yep, the news feed on there sometimes has juicier stuff than the 11 o'clock news.
Instead of nagging or pestering away at your husband just have some quiet down time. The hubby and I usually just sit in the bedroom in the dark after he comes home from work at night. I am usually one drool away from sleep and he'll just sit at the side of the bed and we can have some time to vent or cuddle.
20) Last tip.
Grab a good book and have yourself a glass of #15 and just be grateful you made it through another day. I know I am.
I really need that dump, much better. Now smile, I'm not really that neglectful. Or am I?
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