Surviving Children Part 2: Get out of the House!

I am a mom of a 4 year old, 2 year old and 8 month old. Life is downright chaotic and stressful! With a baby on my hip I help the 2 year old pour his own chocolate milk and answer questions about why my 4 year old’s computer game is not working.

It never ends.

I discovered 5 simple ways to keep my sanity and I hope they help you too. Yesterday’s tip was to ask for help. Which is a lot easier said than done.

The next tip is to get out of the house. Again, easier said than done, but please do it!

Picking up after toddlers and preschoolers while they are still awake is downright maddening. In my house, there is always a chore or a room that makes me feel defeated and stressed out. And I learned a stressed out mama leads to stressed out kids that stress out the mama more. It is a very vicious cycle.

toddler walking outsideI have a very long drive way out in the country. When we are driving each other batty, I will put shoes on the kids and march us all out the door to walk to the mailbox. Just getting outside, away from the dishes and the four tiny walls, provides a sense of relief and peace.

When weather was too-hot-to-handle, we went to the mall. I tried the pool, but that was always a huge undertaking with children so small. The library is another fabulous place and I wish we had a children’s museum closer.

Wherever you go, enjoy it! Make a conscious effort to change your mood and don’t hold onto your anxiety.

Then, when you return home, take a deep breath and relax. It will be nice to be back home as opposed to the overwhelming rooms it was before.

What are the places you go when your family is driving each other crazy?

Published on: August 30, 2011
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Annie fell in love with words at a young age, knowing early she wanted to be a writer. She lives in the Kansas woods where she documents her life through the lens of her camera and the clicks of her keyboard.

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