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Sorry Kids, Sometimes You Just Don't Come First! Mom Needs Her Sanity, Too!

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It's a truth few moms want to admit: We take shortcuts. Sometimes, we just don't care! It's all about survival.

Do you do any of the things these "Survivor Moms" do to get through the day with your sanity intact? Or do you have any tricks of your own to share, whether they're time-savers or mantras for dealing with any lingering mommy guilt after you've used the TV as a babysitter or fed the kids PB&J for lunch the fourth day in a row?

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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM
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Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:28 PM

That's a great age, isn't it? :)

Quoting Melanie420:

well my son always comes first no matter how im feeling, but if I am tired and/or feeling down hes usually easy to handle cause right now hes only 5 months and he loves rolling around on the floor, that way Im able to lay down and rest while i keep an eye on him so he doesnt get into anything

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

LOL, there's nothing wrong with ramen sometimes. I think there are far worse things kids could be eating instead. ;)

Quoting sstripedmonkey:

I've given into the ramen phase, thank god its just lunch lol, at least shes eating, and i do make it differently and mix it with veggies and what not so it makes me feel better about her eating it. DS has a pink blanket as his new thing, i cant bear to take it away because he loves it so much lol.

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM

My girls love Lunchables, too, but they usually only get them when they're going on field trips since they travel so well in their lunch coolers. I surprise them now and then during holidays and summer by getting those for them more often. They think it's a treat for them but it's really a treat for me since I don't have to do anything but say, "Get your Lunchable." LOL ;)

Quoting XOXOnBubbles:

In the winter I will often go a couple of days between baths, otherwise it dries out my kids skin really bad.  In the summer bathing every night is a must though.  They play outside a LOT and get super dirty!

My kids are in bed by 7:30pm every night.  They get to listen to a book on CD.  They do not have to go to sleep right away, but must stay in bed and be quiet.  Mommy needs some down time too! This is great esp. when my hubby is out of town for work and isn't home to help. 

My kids love breakfast for dinner.  We don't do it all the time though... maybe a couple times a month. 

We eat either some kind of sandwich (pb&j, lunch-meat w/ cheese & veggies, tuna, grilled cheese, egg salad etc.) most days.  Other favorite lunches are home made lunchables (crackers, meat & cheese) hot dogs, mac n' cheese, and leftovers from dinner the night before. 

When mommy is sick the kids get all the cartoons they want! 

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

((HUGS)) and I hope you feel better soon!!

Quoting 1st_time_mom789:

 I wish DF would help me out when I feel like utter crap like I do now. This mama has no sanity left today and about to bug out on someone. I've already had to put DD in her room so I could have a half hour to regain some of my sanity but we are going to my in laws today so I can't promise that I will keep it.

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM

That's how it was when I was a kid, too. :)

Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

My parents made breakfast for dinner one night a week and I loved it! They had a very loose parenting style although my mom always had to have the house spotless and a healthy meal on the table.

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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I let my son watch both cars when im trying to cook dinner is it bad that i know all the lines before they happen in both movies??
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Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM

LOL, there was a time when mine would probably have eaten PB&J for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with a glass of milk, every single day. I don't think you should feel guilty for taking advantage of free babysitting to get time to yourself or time with your husband - I think your happiness as a person is important to your ability to parent. :)

Quoting jbbrown80:

Well, my girl wouldn't probably eat pb and j that long, but if she would, I would probably do that. I do used Nick Jr. as a babysitter so I can do my hair and makeup bc I refuse to give in sweats and a ponytail-and I do take advantage of my in-laws many offers to babysit so I can get a break and go shopping or out with my husband. I don't know if I should feel guilty or not!

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM
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Quoting Thelmama:

We are having breakfast for supper tonight. Blueberry pancakes...oh yeah.

My tip: My brain is too fried right now to think of one, and I am okay with that. LOL LOL LOL

Cafe Steph
by Head Admin on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

It's definitely easier now that they're older. When are you due?

Quoting sashes:

I'm guilty of making my children pb&js for dinner when I'm not feeling up to speed. I have four children and one on the way. Three of my children are older 12, 11, 10 and they pretty shower them selves and dress them selves does get a bit easier.

by New Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Yep that's Alexis too. I could but her to bed at midnight, 1am she will still wake up at 6!!!! She wakes up when daddy leaves. She gets mad when he leaves lol

Quoting Cafe Steph:

My youngest has always been that way, too, up at the crack of dawn regardless of what time she went to bed the night before. My mom even thought she could keep her up until 10 and have her sleep in but she still woke up at 6am, lol.

Quoting AshleyMarie88:

Alexis wakes up at 6am EVERY MORNING!!!! I get up, feed her, change her diaper, turn on Yo Gabba Gabba and go back to bed. The Gerber stage 2 foods are awesome because all I have to do is set them on her tray and she can feed herself. She has her sippy cup and she is good to go. Put a few toys on the floor in front of the tv and I can get what I need to done before nap time.


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