My kids are all in bed by 7:30pm every night like clock work. It is a very rare exception that they stay up any later.
They get snacks limited to the serving size on the container (or less).
Dessert is sometimes a piece of fruit.
They have to do their homework before they play.
They don’t get candy or a treat before dinner.
TV, computers and other electronics are not turned on before bed.
When I say 5 more minutes, I mean it.
I have no problem making sure these are enforced with my kids. We keep the rules and are pretty good about holding them to our expectations.
Myself, however? Not so much.
“Because I’m a grown up.” That’s just a terrible reason. But, that’s pretty much the only reason I give myself for these bad choices.
I need to be my own mom, too. I need to “mom myself.“
I’m hardly ever in bed before 11pm. And most of the time, it’s not until well past 12am. I think it’s safe to say I’m perpetually tired. I’ll tell myself just 5 more minutes, and two hours later, I haven’t moved, I’m more tired than ever and still have something else to resolve. Go to bed at 10:30 my mom voice would say.
I eat way too much candy and sugar. Please don’t utter the words “sugar detox” to me. I just can’t right now. Put down the sour patch kids.
I’m on the computer all the time and/or my phone. Dinner time is a no, but sometimes I still use it. And, my phone is usually the second to last thing I see at night (Mr. Serious being the last!) Take a break. Stand up. Move around. Read a book. Do s.o.m.e.t.h.i.n.g.
I have two piles of laundry ready to be folded almost every day, but I will do something else first and put that off even longer. You will eventually have to fold them. Just get it done.
— Krystyn (@SeriousKrystyn) September 12, 2014
I know I will be a better mom and wife if I take half as good of care of myself as I do the kids, and yet I don’t.
Why do I do a good job of mom-ing my kids (okay, this is relative…maybe I do an okay job or a mediocre job), but I do a terrible job of mom-ing myself?
How do you mom yourself?