I waited until my career was set and doing well before venturing into the “next step” and embarking on the Motherhood journey. I’ve really enjoyed all of the stages of motherhood and thought you might like to try some of the ways I’ve made it even more fun or have heard how others have spruced it up. I started a tad later in life on my motherhood path. Sure, I gave it a lot of thought, and I will admit, I was having a pretty good time as a single, entrepreneur back in the late 80’s-early 90’s (in my 20’s & early 30’s). I started an advertising agency, at age 23 and by the time is was 25 I was able to quit my job and do give it my full attention. I went from one employee to 14 and getting married and having kids was not on my radar. Motherhood is one of those things in life that I felt would shake my life up. And it has— in a great way! I think I needed a little shake up? or WAKE UP! Being a mom, is without a doubt my single most challenging adventure— and I have loved, learned and grown from it! Iam far from an expert, but if I can help you navigate the sometime lonely path, where you feel unappreciated or life seems to be changing days, but you feel like you aren’t feeling fulfilled, It is DEFINITELY time we grab a coaching call— first one is complementary.
What are some ideas that you can recommend to add some laughs and calgon-ish moments to motherhood?. Let me know if you’ve ever tried any of 17 ideas below. My personal fav is #4! Yours?
- Play salon. When you’re tired, hand your kids a brush, point to your head, and tell them they are your hairdresser.
- Spa Day. Take your mother to a spa. While you’re both getting seaweed wraps, tell her all your favorite memories of growing up.
- Photo. At the end of every summer, take a family photo for the holiday card (you’ll be happy to have this accomplished once December comes). Every year, add a framed 11-by-14-inch print to your front hall. Your kids will be proud now and laugh later at the funny styles.
- Mom’s sippy cup. The next time you have to go to a boring kiddie activity, invite another mom-friend along. Hide wine in sippy cups for the two of you to nurse undercover.
- Play Freaky Friday. Switch roles with your husband for a day. Enjoy his renewed appreciation for his Super Mom wife.
- Collect shells. Go to the beach in the off-season. Throw rocks in the water and collect shells. Put them in a vase and use it as shelf decor in your living room.
- Music. Skip the Raffi and Barney. Turn your kids on to Bob Marley, They Might Be Giants, and Gwen Stefani.
- Jewelry. Buy yourself that fancy watch, strand of pearls or whatever piece of expensive jewelry you’ve been lusting after. Justify your purchase by rationalizing that you’ll pass it down to your daughter (or son’s wife) eventually.
- Concert. Take your kids to live music performances from very early ages. Cheap ones outdoors are great to start with in case you need to make a hasty exit (like when a diaper explodes).
- Be a kid. Use your kids as an excuse to do the things you want to do, like going to silly feel-good movies, eating mac and cheese for dinner and jumping in the moon bounce. Use your kids as an excuse to get out of things you don’t want to do, like going to a wedding or office party.
- Every Mother’s Day, have a picture taken with your kids. Keep the photos all together—along with special cards, ticket stubs, mementos and anything else that makes you feel good about being a mom – in a shoe box. (Of course, you must get those new shoes you love in order to do this correctly.) Every year, look through your Goddess Mom box and see how much your kids have grown.
- Give your kids quiet time every day. Let them learn to be by themselves with books, crayons or blocks.
- PJ Day. Let your whole family take a day off and hang out in pj’s all day long.
- Rent Sex and the City on DVD, and reminisce about the days when you were single and the biggest problem you had was whether the “He” of the moment was going to call. Let the romance of your youth seduce you. Then remember that, despite your freedom, all you really wanted was to fall in love and have beautiful babies.
- Pitch a tent in the backyard. Use it as your outdoor reading room. Or when there’s a full moon, plan a family campout with sleeping bags, a transistor radio and s’mores, of course.
- Invent a house fairy. Give her a name, and tell your kids that she is always watching them and counting up their good deeds.
- Listen for the deep, happy sighs that come after your kids play or laugh really hard. Tuck them away in your heart.