As an occupational therapist, most of my collegues are women and mothers or grandmothers. I just wanted to take a minute and jot down a few pieces of wisdom shared with me from a few co-workers who have already mothered little kids...and survived. They are the moms that listen to some of us talk about how stressful having young babies and children can be. I suspect that they also may be quietly laughing to themselves while thinking, "You think it is stressful now...just wait!" Occasionally, they will chime in with a useful tip or reminder that keeps things in perspective. Enjoy!
* Cereal counts as a meal. This simple statement reminds me that I need to relax. There are days when I can't accomplish everything I had hoped for. Even letting myself "off the hook" every now and then by feeding my family something simple or ordering a pizza is just what I need sometimes. The kids don't mind one bit.
* When picking up your older child or teenager late at night from somewhere, go in your pajamas. This way they will be motivated to come out promptly. If not, you'll be forced to go in or up to the door...in pajamas. No kid wants that to happen. The thought cracks me up and I am sure that it would be effective.
* Instead of sending the kids to their rooms, send them to each other's room. This was suggested by a friend of a friend. She said that kids go crazy thinking about what their sibling might be doing in their room. "Are they touching my stuff??, they think. It is a negative reinforcer...or psychological warfare if you ask me. Love it but haven't tried it yet.
Feel free to share your tips and wisdom. We could all use the help, right?