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Tips for Worn Out Moms

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Someone must have been secretly living as a fly on the wall in my home to have come up with this list!

Even if these tips make perfect sense…..there are some that I simply can’t follow…..because it would stress me out even more if I had to ignore things like WHAT MY KIDS ARE WEARING TO SCHOOL! LOL…I have a lot of work to do to let some of this stuff go, even if it’s for the sake of my sanity! How are YOU doing at it?

— Lower your standards for cleanliness and order. Did that already? Well then lower them some more.

— Your house will never look like a magazine spread. Embrace that.

— You know those chores that no one ever wants to do? Decide if you would rather do them yourself, nag your child to do them, or let them go.

— No one else cares what is stuffed under your child’s bed, so why should you? Unless maybe it’s old food…and you don’t have a dog to take care of leftovers on your floors.

— Don’t buy white furniture or carpet. Unless you enjoy yelling at your kids every time they go near it.

— Don’t paint any walls in your house with flat paint.

— Be okay with letting your kids stumble sometimes. Whether that means turning in an assignment late because they didn’t do it or wearing an outfit so hideous you have trouble looking at them without laughing.

— Noise cancelling headphones are great for blocking those enless episodes of the shows they watch over and over, or the sound effects from the video games.

— Socks do not have to match. Every day can be ‘crazy sock day’ if you let it…which is infinitely better than Crazy Mom Day.

— The crayons will break and it’s okay to throw them away rather than save them to make some sort of craft that involves the hair dryer. Don’t feel guilty about all the crafts you know you will never do.

— Your children will not die from eating the occasional hot dog, pizza, or chicken nuggets. And by occasion that means more than you are really willing to admit.

— If your children are driving you crazy arguing with each other, start an argument with them. Then your kids will bond over their mutual frustration with you.

— Children do not appreciate top sheets or high thread counts. Buy neither.

— Just say no to ironing.

— Last, but certainly not least, some chocolate and some really bad TV makes everything seem a little better.


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