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4 Tips For Keeping Your Sanity Throughout Motherhood

Here's a post from our partners at BabyCenter! Every week, we bring you the best parenting and lifestyle stories from the experts at BabyCenter, including this post from Lindsay Weiss about keeping your sanity through motherhood.

Some days I feel like I’m a washing machine cycle — load, wet, wash, rinse, repeat — only the settings on my cycle are something like: wake (too early), feed kids, dress kids, entertain kids, feed kids, drive kids, entertain kids, feed kids, bathe kids, tuck kids in bed, repeat.

I’m a mom robot and I’m currently on auto-pilot. And if I have to make one more meal, clean up one more mess, fight about one more article of clothing or sit through one more soccer practice I might combust.

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When I start to feel like this (which, if I’m being honest happens at least once a month), I get an urge to rebel. To do something crazy. Since I’m a responsible adult and 8 months pregnant, my options are limited so I usually focus on doing something that makes me laugh out loud. You know, guffaw. Last night was one of those nights and, as I was singing at the top of my lungs in my car (alone), I realized I do several weird and quirky things that help me keep my sanity as a mom:

(Please don’t laugh as I realize these aren’t even remotely rebellious. In fact, they’re a pitiful excuse but indulge me anyway.)

  1. Wearing crazy socks underneath my boots — In the fall and winter you can always find me in jeans and riding boots. They’re cute jeans and boots, I promise, but I don’t get fancier than that. And every single day I giggle when I put on the craziest, often mismatched knee socks underneath them. Think Rainbow Brite on the left, black and white polka dots on the right. Rudolph on the left, bright orange camoflauge on the right. I love it – silent rebellion.
  2. Eating dessert for lunch or dinner (or both) — you’re probably not shocked to learn I have a major sweet tooth. While I’m a stickler that my kiddos eat pretty balanced meals, sometimes I skip a healthy meal in lieu of a chocolate cupcake, butterscotch blondie or um, a pop tart if I’m desperate. Silent (and wholly unhealthy) rebellion.
  3. Rockin’ out in the school carpool line — I have three drop-offs/pick-ups every single friggin’ day of the week…8am, 11:30am, 3:30pm. If you do the math that’s at least 45 min. a day spent in ridiculously long lines. To pass the time, I crank the volume and rock out to great music. The genre varies by day—I did Kings of Leon this morning, Beastie Boys yesterday afternoon, and Footloose before that. I turn it up loud, sing even louder and occasionally break out the air guitar. Now ya gotta cut loose…Silent (well, no one else can hear me) rebellion.
  4. Getting in touch with my inner Dale Earnhardt — And speaking of all those drop-offs/pickups, there’s a half-mile stretch of smooth, deserted road between my house and the school. Even though I drive like a granny most of the time, I cannot control the impulse to gun it like a NASCAR driver on that open stretch. I already have my excuse ready if someone ever catches me…"I wasn’t speeding, officer…I was qualifying." Silent (except for the sweet torque of my engine) rebellion.

I’m sure there’s more, but these are my most frequent methods of keeping my sanity in check. I may be a mom, but I’m da*n sure not going to lose my sense of humor (or my chocolate).

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