Older kid sports and activities
Hubby’s kooky work schedule
My own kooky work schedule
Never-ending meal prep, dishes, laundry, picking up
Etc., etc., etc., etc.
All of these things contribute to me being one worn out mama! But, it’s really nothing more or different than a lot of mamas…or parents in general! 🙂
I like to think I keep up with it all pretty well; but, I’m not a young mama anymore and, in all honesty, it takes my AMA body a bit longer to recover from it all. As a result, I find myself needing more breaks than I used to…breaks where I simply need to lay down and stretch out, maybe close my eyes for just a minute or two.
Sounds pretty reasonable, right? I mean, I’m not asking for naps every day (though that would be nice) nor am I asking to lay around all evening while chaos ensues around me (though that is sometimes tempting)! Just 5-10 minutes to recharge?
NOPE! Aren’t I cute to dream? (Wait…no time for dreaming, mAMA!)
So, I had to get creative. I had to find ways to incorporate my “breaks” into playing with my kiddos.
Being that I like to share…here are some things I’ve done – over the years – to [p]lay:
TRIED AND TRUE
Coloring/Drawing – spread the crayons and paper/coloring book on the floor. Presto, laying down AND helping develop your kiddo’s creativity!
Playing Little People – I mean, they’re so small…you have to lay down on the floor to be at their level.
Reading them a story (or, better yet, a story marathon!) – cuddling up on the couch and reading is pretty close to heaven on earth.