6 Ways to Take Care of MOM

You have just finished an epic 15 loads of laundry; including the bed sheets, towels, dish towels, mop pads, and everything else you could get your hands on. The stove is spotless, not a single dish in the sink, and the sink hasn’t sparkled like this in ages. The kids are fed, showered, and all tucked in bed. The hubby is out with the boys celebrating a successful and tiring week of work. Before you know it, it’s 11pm; way past your bedtime, and you realize you haven’t done anything to take care of yourself.

As moms, it’s so easy, and natural, to take care of our children, significant other, and all the housework, that we forget one important person to take care of. MOM! It doesn’t take much to take care of ourselves, but we don’t really make it a priority. After all, if we don’t take care of ourselves, who will?

It doesn’t take much, here are 6 simple things to do to take care of MOM.

1. Appointments — When is the last time you took the kids to a doctor’s appointment for a check up, or to a scheduled appointment they had? I’m sure you know the date, time, doctor’s name, what was discussed, what was planned. Now what about MOM? How many times have you postponed, or cancelled an appointment because of kids, errands to run, or whatever reason, and told yourself “it will get better on its own”. I know I have. I’ve postponed so many doctors and dentists appointments, I can’t even keep track. Make your appointment and go. A healthier you, is a healthier mama. You deserve it!

2. Mani/pedi — Take a look at your nails. Are your cuticles growing in? Nail polish falling off? Go. Get it done. Let someone else take care of your hands and feet. Sit back, and relax. You deserve it!

3. Make-up — You know when your children are finally taking a nap, or when you wake up early and everyone is still asleep, take 5-10 minutes and put on some make up. Whether or not you’re rocking your mom-bun, put on a little bit of make up and rock a glowing face. You deserve it!

4. Bath Soaking — You give your children their baths every day, but when it comes to you, you take the fastest 2 minute shower so you can get back to work taking care of your kids, family, job, and keep the house running like clockwork. Mama needs a break too. Take out your favorite bath bomb, or favorite essential oils, or even bath salts. Go ahead, soak it all in. Take 30 minutes, heck, take an hour. Have a glass of wine? Take it with you. You deserve it!

5. Shopping — I don’t know about you, but 80% of my shopping is either for the kids, or items needed around the house. I don’t remember the last time I had a shopping trip for myself where I’m not buying nursing tops or nursing bras. We tend to always get things for our family, and never have enough energy, or time to try on that cute shirt on the hanger, or the dress that you know would look awesome on you. Go ahead. Leave the kids with a baby sitter, and go! Try on clothes, get something that will put a smile on your face because MAMA deserves it!

6. Date Night— If you have a toddler, or a preschooler, you’ve probably answered your child’s same question over and over and over again: “Mama, what’s that?”. You need a break. Every now and then, you truly deserve to get away.  A date night can unwind both parents. It’s a way to get out of the house, have some adult talk, and come home energized, relaxed, and refreshed. You know why? You deserve it! My simple tip for date night: don’t talk about work or kids. Talk about your relationship outside the house, what makes you stronger as a couple, and what you both need to work on. It will truly put both parents on the same page.

There are many ways to take care of MOM, I hope this list helps, and motivates, you to put yourself first.

Take care, MOM. You truly deserve it.


34 thoughts on “6 Ways to Take Care of MOM

  1. leahashley85 says:

    You are very correct us moms focus on everything and everyone else but ourselves, it is human nature, I have a really hard time making time for self care, special needs child and a baby, so I just started every Sunday doing facials with mani and pedis with my daughter, sometimes you just have to figure out a way and sometime it will involve your children.

  2. Leah says:

    I’m really bad about making and keeping appointments for myself! My MIL recently moved nearby, so I’ll have more chances to get out by myself!

    • HookedOnStories says:

      I, myself had canceled so many dentist appointments, that now I have to get 5 root canals. Take care of yourself, mama!! You deserve it!!

    • HookedOnStories says:

      The best thing we can do for our kids is our own self care. When we are feeling 100%, we can give 100% to our kids.

  3. Marjie Mare says:

    As mothers, we tend to do it all and neglect ourselves. Each time, I am so grateful, each time I read tips on how to take care of moms. Bath soaking is so relaxing and needed after a long week of work.

    • HookedOnStories says:

      Exactly! The smallest things make the biggest difference. You feel more refreshed and have more energy to tackle down the kids needs.

  4. workathomemomguides says:

    Love, love, love these ideas! It’s so hard for us moms to find TIME to take care of ourselves, but it’s amazing how such small things can make us feel so much better. I’m a huge mani/pedi fan myself. They’re two of my favorite ‘guilty’ pleasures!

  5. QueenCityMama says:

    Self care for a mom is so important, and these are great tips on some ways to get that in. I am lucky that my husband helps out so much, and is always willing to let me have a break when I need it.

  6. Angel says:

    You are so right! As moms we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we often neglect to take care of ourselves. This is high on my list of resolutions…might get a mani today! No time like the present, right? Thanks for the push 🙂

  7. cleverlychanging says:

    Thankfully, my husband helps out a lot. He takes our kids to their evening classes because I homeschool. This gives me an hour to myself each week. It’s a blessing.

    • HookedOnStories says:

      My husband helps out a lot too, but a little extra time to myself is always a good thing. It refreshes me, and gives me energy to keep up with the munchkins.

    • HookedOnStories says:

      Netflix has definitely replaced our movie dates. Hehe! Sometimes a good Netflix show is better. Knowing the kids are asleep, the house is clean, and you’re snacking, all from the comfort of your own couch.

  8. Rachel Sansing says:

    Oh gosh, it’s like you are seeing straight into my soul just with #1. I recently cancelled (and didn’t reschedule) a dentist AND hair appointment. It just be so tough to coordinate!! But you are right, mama’s got to take care of herself, too!

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