How Not to lose your shit as a stay-at-home parent
Evening everyone, so after a year and a half, and two babies later I’m pretty deep into this parenting thing-a-ma-jig, so I thought I’d write a short post on how not to lose your shit, if like me your a stay-at-home parent. Don’t get me wrong in the last year and a half I’ve lost my shit a handful of times (actually more than I care to count), and you will probably still lose your shit too sometimes, but I’m hoping that these 6 tips will keep you from losing your shit every day!
Alcohol, especially Gin has become my best new stay-at-home drinking buddy! Because seriously with 2 under 2 I don’t get time to drink it down the pub anymore, some days I don’t even get to put makeup on – scratch that I no longer put makeup on – takes too much time, and in the 5 minutes that takes me, my 16 month old, wrecking ball of a son has eaten a whole pack of biscuits he found in my draw and most definitely has wrecked the lounge, and my 6 month old has probably taken a massive shit that’s all the way up her back!
Where was I, ah yes alcohol, I don’t drink much just a few glasses of Gin to, 1 calm the nerves and 2 it helps me remember that once upon a time I could drink a whole bottle and then some in one night, ok no number 2 doesn’t help at all, so forget that!
Someone once told me to find a hobby, I’m pretty sure it was my other half! HA like I get time, no seriously even if its for only 10 minutes whenever you get a chance do something you enjoy, I’ve started doing exercises to lose the baby belly x2, and I spend 10 minutes when the kids have gone to bed crocheting a blanket I’ve been crocheting for the last 6 months!
Most of the time I have no fucking idea what is going on in the world, for all I know there could be a Zombie apocalypse out there and all except a few are walking around making some weird grunting noises and eating people…. yes I watch far to much The Walking Dead!
Lately I have been sticking the news on when the babies are having a nap in the day – just to get me out of the habit of leaving the kids channel on and being brain mushed by kids TV. I actually watch the news to make sure that there hasn’t been a zombie apocalypse!
Dump judgemental arseholes, both in your social media life and in your non-social media life (couldn’t think of the word, I wanted to say normal life, but what is normal when you have kids?). Honestly, you don’t need people telling you your style of parenting is wrong – so what if I let my 16 month old eat in front of the TV so that he doesn’t throw his food at the walls – do you know how boring it gets having to repaint your white walls after every meal your kid has? I know, I know I should probably paint my walls a different colour! Just ditch those people who bring you down or make you feel like your not the perfect parent – because believe me there is no such thing as perfect parenting, and besides your doing a great job!
Feeling low? Throw on some clothes that make you feel good, it could be those new jeans you’ve been meaning to wear or that comfy sweater and those maternity leggings that still fit if you pull the adjustable waist all the way in!
Finally, but possibly the most useful, well it is for me anyway. Listen to your tunes, put your favourite album on and listen and if you feel like it get those dance moves out, because seriously listening to ‘Friends, Friends, what can you do with friends?’ or ‘Teletubbies, Teletubbies, sayyyyyy hel….lo…’ will drive you insane and you will lose your shit……. because seriously what parent has any real time for friends like we used to? As for the fucking Teletubbies they can take their ‘eh, ohs’ far far away and stick it up their ……………………………………………
It’s all about finding that balance between sanity and insanity, and with kids that’s easier said than done!
Does any one else have any tips on not losing you shit as a parent whether you stay at home or work? Drop them in the comments below and happy reading!