Tired-Mom Life Hacks
July 9, 2015
Let’s face it: there are some days when the fridge and pantry are just empty, and the house is just a disaster, and the TV has literally been on all day, and you and the kids are still in your PJ’s at dinner time, and you just don’t feel like doing anything.
I have these days, probably more often than I’m comfortable admitting. And if they don’t happen to you, don’t feel obligated to read on. But if you have lazy-mom days like me, boy have I got some lazy-mom life hacks for you. First, order all of these shirts, because the fact that they’re even sold will make you feel better about feeling like this – it’s not just you, mama.
(Shirts found on etsy here)
Now, when I use the word “lazy,” I don’t actually mean lazy. Well, technically speaking, I would describe my behavior on these days as lazy. But these days feel like more of a reward than anything else. Moms do a lot, nobody can argue with that. And like any other job, it’s sometimes nice to have days off or a work-party day.
You know what, no further explanation. I’m officially considering these lazy days “work parties.”
Glad we cleared that up.
So basically I just wake up in DGAF mode sometimes and decide it’s going to be a work party day before my feet hit the floor. Or when I open the fridge and realize I’m going to have a coke with my breakfast. And it is on these days that these hacks are invaluable.
So here are the things I usually require at my work parties, and how they can be pulled off with kids running around.
Extra Sleep/lounge time
Now this one presents an ethical dilemma, depending on your kids’ age(s). Mine is two-and-a-half, which I think is too young to be left unattended while I sleep. She usually wakes up around 8:30 AM, which is pretty good.
But actually, sometimes it’s just too effing early. (Especially considering my pregnant bladder wakes me up to pee every 10 minutes during the night.)
So what do I do when I’m not ready to get out of bed when my daughter is awake?
- Play fetch. No, it’s not wrong to make your toddler play fetch. It’s good exercise for her.
- Play the “what’s on my butt” game. This works best if you’re not a huge pregnant lady like me, but basically, you just lay on your stomach and let the kids bring random things to put on your butt and you guess what it is. You saying the word butt will entertain them enough as it is. If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, make this shirt for a variation of this game:
- Play doctor. You be the patient, and they’ll be the doctor(s). Tell them you’re sick and can’t get up, so they need to take care of you. This can include band-aids, listening to your heartbeat, etc. Let them decide what you need, as long as it doesn’t involve you getting off the couch.
- Stationary hide and seek. Basically, they hide somewhere in the same room as you (and the TV), and without moving you just guess where they are. They’ll still giggle like crazy as you guess all the wrong spots first because let’s be honest, you’ll know exactly where they are every single time and will want to drag this out as long as you can.
- Swing. If the kids are just too antsy and need to let out some energy, you can always get some fresh air and do your duty like this guy:
- Play “baby.” Similar to “doctor,” you be the baby and they have to take care of you. Make sure to make it clear that babies don’t know how to walk, so they’ll have to bring you everything. This can include blankets, drinks, and snacks (if they’re old enough), and being quiet when the baby is trying to fall asleep (which you probably shouldn’t actually do, but it’ll get you some peace and quiet).
- Play “shooting star” with a flashlight. This can also work with a laser pointer. Similar to a cat or dog, just have them chase the light. Or you could have them close their eyes, then you point it at a new spot, and when they open their eyes they have to race to find or chase it.
This one is easy: you’re sick. Or if you’re pregnant, you’ve got that card. Is it honest? Well, I would say… YES! You ARE sick… and tired of running errands and chasing kids and running around nonstop. Your mental and physical health depends on taking a break sometimes. There’s no shame in admitting that. Be brave and just say no. Cancel your appointments; that oil change can wait until tomorrow.
Remember the good ol’ days when pizza restaurants only offered pizza?
Now you can order pizza, pasta, wings, chicken strips, mashed potatoes, chocolate cake, soda and more… all to your front door! You may be tempted to go to the grocery store, but don’t you do it. You take this day and you relax. Send your husband later or just go tomorrow.
Try to avoid a mess. But if it happens, it happens.
In the annoying, and apparently timeless, words of Queen Elsa, “Let it go.”
I’m sure there are plenty of parenting life-hacks that I’m missing, but I’m just too tired to find any more. I figured this list was good enough to get the job done 😉
Are there any too-good-to-miss life-hacks that I forgot? Share your favorites below!
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