20 Ways to Recharge From Your (Young) Kids
Need a break from your kids? Are they too young to play safely by themselves? Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a babysitter, family member, or spouse to take the kid(s) off your hands for a few minutes or a few hours.
Here are some tips to help you get either get a minute, or recharge, or both.
1) Check out the Need Space page for activities that might keep your child busy and out of your hair for a bit.
2) Blast some upbeat music through the house (goofy dancing with your kid helps too).
3) See if there are any drop-off daycares in your area. Even if you just drop the kids off for an hour and go sit in a coffee shop.
4) Hand out popsicles. Seriously! Set your kids in their booster seats, high chairs, any other containable seat and enjoy a minute or two of silence. This can be especially great if you have a teething baby! Use a popsicle mold and make them yourself with natural juices so you can avoid this being followed by a hyper sugar rush.
5) If you have a baby that loves to sleep in the car….grab a book, fill up the tank, and take a drive. When your baby falls asleep park the car (but leave the car on and the air vents on full blast!) and sit and read a book. Swing by a drive-thru first and treat yourself to your favorite drink! Need internet? Park back in your own driveway and use your house WiFi.
6) Heard of “Mother’s Day Out” or “Parent’s Day Out”? It’s a great program often at churches, where one day a week for about 4 hours you can drop off your 6mo-5yr old. Prices are often significantly cheaper than standard daycare and are designed this way to give mom a much-needed “day out” to do whatever they want/need to do. For example in Maryland price ranges from $10-20/day.
7) Change the air. Light a candle to change the room scent. Even better, make your own room spray using essential oils (post coming soon!)
8) Play hide-and-seek with your toddler, where you hide in the same location as your chocolate stash.
9) Ask your spouse to put one (or both) kids to bed. Eliminating one of your daily routines and kicking the night off a little earlier can feel great!
10) Skip something-and I mean REALLY skip it. Let the dishes pile high (they’ll still be there tomorrow), or make pancakes for dinner (who’s really going to object?)
11) Give the kids a bath. Sure this only works if your kids love baths. Mine do, and I love it because it keeps them contained while I sit on the bathroom floor and sip a fresh cup of coffee.
13) Go check the mail– I don’t care if it’s on your front step, or down the street, or if it’s Sunday. Hell you can even leave the mail in the box when you get there. Just get out of the house for a second. Take a few deep breaths, and ground yourself by making a mental note of all your senses-what do you see, hear, smell, feel? ((Side Note: If you need a good baby monitor for this, check out Reviews.com’s “The Best Baby Monitor”, they gave consideration to long-range quality monitors))
14) Don’t FIND time yourself, just DO time for yourself. If you wait for an “opening” in your busy day, it will never happen. See #9 and #10!
15) Wash your face. You probably don’t have time for a long relaxing shower, but simply splashing cold water on your face can be really refreshing!
16) Open your shades and windows. If for whatever reason you can’t spend some time outside, open all your shades and curtains and get some natural light in! Too cold or hot to open the windows? Open a window in just one closed off room for a few minutes just to “change the air out”. Close the window, and do the same in another room until you’ve gone through all the rooms in your house.
17) Look at pictures of cute animals HERE
18) Sit in the rocking/glider chair-without your kids. Have a hammock? Even better. There’s a reason babies love to be rocked to sleep-its calming and relaxing!
19) Ask for help. If you’re stubborn like me, then this one will annoy you but you should try it! Nothing extravagant needed. Just simply ask another mom, friend, neighbor, if they would mind watching your kid(s) for  minutes while you [take a shower], [read a book], [go for a walk].
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