February 2, 2015

Surviving Life with a Newborn and Toddler, Part 3

We're not done yet with our survival guide. When you're in the trenches, knowledge is power.

This is part three of a four-part series. Catch up with one and two then check out part four.

1. Make Mom time. Mommy needs time to herself. Without it she may start going crazy. Pink elephants will dance across her eyelids and monkeys will drop from the ceilings. Well, at least she'll feel that way. Even an hour of watching TV or reading a book before going to bed or during nap time can be helpful. Enlist dad to make this possible.

2. Echos of no. With a toddler, it seems like all Mommy says all day long is no. Over, and over and over again. No. No. No. The toddler is throwing food. No! She's whacking the TV. No! She's insisting on watching more TV though TV time is up. No! Toys are flying and food is being flung. No! At times, it feels like if that's the only word Mommy knows, she could still get by.

3. Stick to it. No more TV.. Only good behavior will be rewarded with a treat at the grocery store. Broccoli must be eaten or there will be no dessert. Despite all the screaming, whining and fits the kid may throw, Mommy must not give in once she's said something. Giving in only encourages the toddler to pitch a fit in order to get their way. That doesn't help anyone (and could lead to burst ear drums). Conversely, if Mommy makes a promise, it should be stuck to. It's important that a good example is set. After all, Mommy doesn't want the kids promising to clean there room and then not doing it, right?

Saving these is a priority.
4. Shop sales. With multiple kids, money saving tactics become even more important. Mommy must scout the regularly shopped stores to determine when sales take place, what a good sale is, and what a not-so-good sale at each store is. From clothes to groceries, shampoo to toilet paper, Mommy must master the ways of the sale finding money saving guru. Be one with the sales, Mommy.
Mommy doesn't want to forget any
well-child appointments.

5. Stay organized. Toys have the potential of ending up covering the entire floor. Items for the diaper bag that are forgotten can lead to disaster (formula but no bottle is pretty useless). Clothes found cheaply for the next size up do no good if they're thrown some place never to be found again. Doctor appointments, to-do items, bill due dates and activities to keep track of abound. The answer to these and other mess or loss making events? Organization! Toys need a set room and container to go in along with nightly clean up. Bins for clothes that are outgrown or not yet grown into are a lifesaver. Keep the diaper bag handy with a list of items that should always be added. Stick shoes in one place so Mommy can find both during the mad dash to the door. Have handy dry erase boards and calendars where they'll be seen to keep track of things (and let Daddy know what he should do that week around the house).

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24 comments:

  1. great tips! Thank you for sharing

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  2. I agree with all of your lists. Mom time and organization was always the key for me.

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    1. Good to know I'm on the right track.

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  3. Good luck Mommy! I found that staying organized is key for sure!

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    1. Thank you! I am hoping to keep up with the organization. Some days are easier than others.

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  4. All great tips. Toddler days were tough, but I sure do miss them :-(

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  5. Great tips organization is the name of the game for me thanks!

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  6. The TRUTH! Gotta start it early too or it will never work. Consistency is key as you said STICK TO IT!

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  7. Exactly what I've been taught since I was a kid and still doing now save save save. Being in a relationship you still tell your boyfriend or husband "no" lol their like big kids

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  8. I am always shopping sales! It's the only way to save and stay on top of a budget.

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  9. These are great tips! As the busy mom of 3 I really appreciate them. Thank you!

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  10. Sticking to things is one of the biggest struggles for me as a parent. It is far too easy to take the easy way out sometimes and allow something so I have time to myself.

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  11. "no" is a tricky one... there will be time (later on) when all you hear from your kids (read teens) is "no"

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  12. This is a great list and everything on it is so true.

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  13. Mommy does need to be one with the sales. And I love having a little quality time in the car by myself to listen to music.

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  14. Amazing list of tips and very well written. Shared with my daughters to look at!

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  15. Great tips! a good remainder of what moms should be trying to do :)

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  16. Awesome tips! Mom time is so important. It's always good to relax and recollect yourself.

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  17. Sounds like a typical mom's life. If you aren't going through it, you're not doing it right!

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  18. Very good advice. Lessons learned well

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  19. I need to do better at making Mom time!!! But these are great things to remember :)

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