I regularly get asked questions about how I survive as a mom of 3, so I decided to start posting some helpful things that I’ve learned, and pass them on to you.  It’s not nice to keep secrets to yourself, right?!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind, I’ve only been a mom for five years, so my experience level is capped at 5 year olds.  I’ve never been involved much in the education world, so I have no idea what an eight year old should be doing.  I take each year as it comes.

Mom Secrets #1. Don’t forget to eat.

Here’s a glimpse into our breakfast routine some many mornings.

I come downstairs, make Efraim’s breakfast (usually oatmeal w/ applesauce or whatever fruit I have on hand).  I prep the girls cereal, toast, yogurt, etc., and begin feeding Efraim.  When Efraim’s done, I give him some Cheerios or other finger food while I get my coffee/breakfast started.

In the process of brewing the coffee, the girls will finish, and bring me their cereal bowls or plates which I rinse out and put in the dishwasher only to realize there are other dishes left in the sink from the night before (when Filipe & I have ice cream or some other late night dessert).  So, while I’m at it, I wipe down the counters, put cereal boxes away, etc.  By this time Efraim is done, and insisting on getting out of the highchair.  On a good day, I’ve at least brewed my coffee, on a bad day, I’m still working on it.

I start the kids on their next activity as to avoid random chaos, and remember, oh I still have to eat.  I run back to the kitchen, grab the yogurt, granola, and berries (my usual) and dump it all in a bowl.  Just as I take a bite, there’s someone who needs me, a diaper may need changing, or a fight may be escalating.  By the time I finish, I think to myself, it would be so much easier if I didn’t need to eat.

As self sacrificing as it may seem in the moment, if we neglect our physical bodies, we are no better off nor are our kids.

Many of us can spend so much time taking care of our kids, we don’t have time for ourselves.  Here I’m only referring to the physical side, we’ll talk about other aspects in another post.

Whether it’s getting enough sleep, eating right, or exercising, we can’t neglect the health of our body for the sake of our kid’s needs.

One of my biggest faults is forgetting to drink enough water throughout the day.  I’m pretty good about getting to that cup of coffee, but then I forget to drink water, and wonder why I have a pounding headache at 2pm.

So, as you go about the rest of your week, take notice of how you are taking care of yourself in the physical realm.  What things do you need more of (protein & water) or less of (sugar & sodium)?  Are you sleeping well?  I have a hard time falling asleep, so this one gets me a lot.  Are you excercising…some at least?  I guarantee, having these things under control will help you feel better as a mom, and likely make you enjoy being a mom a whole lot more too.

P.S.  A great start for my morning is when I have prepped the coffee the night before, but that’s part of another secret.