World’s Toughest Job – MOM

I just saw this video today. I’m a little behind on what is going on in internet land because we are repainting our flat, and with three small kids underfoot, you can imagine how much a of a challenge that is.

First of all, it is an amazing marketing strategy for selling Mother’s Day cards! Secondly, I wish they would have mentioned that many times you are not even allowed to go the bathroom alone. That would have gotten some interesting reactions!

Did the video make me cry a little? Yes, ok. I’m only human after all. And to be honest, I have no ideas for Mother’s Day this year. Sometimes I think that moms with tiny children should get a pass on Mother’s Day, because usually I am planning my own mother and mother-in-law’s presents in the midst of trying to be a sane mother of three and it can be overwhelming. Am I a terrible daughter for saying that? I feel like mothers of adults remember what it was like when their kids were tiny and all encompassing. For the last few years, all I wanted on Mother’s Day was to sleep in! That is pretty much the only gift I want on Mother’s Day and on my birthday.

Moms out there, you do have a tough job! I just want you to know that I appreciate you and I am right there with you.

Moms Unite!!! (In sleeping in on Mother’s Day hopefully)

-Kristin

My Mom Is Here!!

with my mom at the acropolis

Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying the change of weather that seems to be sweeping through (most of) the world! Here in Greece things sure are feeling very summery. I promise to post more later this week, but I just stopped in to say we are having a great time and the kids are thoroughly enjoying their “Mimi.” Yesterday we went to the Acropolis (which no longer has free days for the Easter holiday… bummer). Having family visit is definitely a blessing we do not take for granted, and neither should you!

Happy travels!!

Kristin

Just Breathe!

Happy Saturday everyone! I wanted to do a quick post today about how to handle stressful situations while traveling (or just being a mom). I have to admit that sometimes I have wanted to run away from my house screaming after too many arguments between my girls, or constant questions… lol, it pains me to admit that more than once I have told them directly, “You are driving Mommy crazy!” But I’m not perfect, and I don’t know any mother that is.

With that said, here are a few things I do to gain self control back so I don’t go off on my kids.

-Take a bathroom break! This is really important at home because my kids are not allowed to follow me into the bathroom all the time (yes, mommies need privacy too!). So go in there, take a few minutes to collect your self, pray for strength (at least that’s what I do), and go do a puzzle or something constructive with your family. You can also do this while traveling… leave your spouse to deal with the kids for a few minutes while you go to the restroom by yourself. A few minutes of peace goes a long way!

-Breathe! Taking deep, soothing breaths will not only give a few seconds for reflection before you lose it, but it will also lower your blood pressure. I know there are definitely times when I can feel my bp creeping up, and yes, sometimes it’s because my kids are in the next room screaming.

-Occupy little hands. I find that my kids are most likely to scream or misbehave when they don’t have anything else to do. I will give each of my children something to work on, a puzzle, a magnadoodle, something they can focus on, and put them each on their beds so they are not fighting over each other’s items. Or I will put one at the kitchen table, and one in the bedroom. This has saved me on many days. When you are traveling, the concept is the same. Think of things that challenge and entertain your little ones at the same time… drawing activities and things like Duplos or Legos are great for this, and can go in their travel backpacks.

So, those are my three tips for the day. Hope everyone is gearing up for their big holiday trips by planning properly, and as always, happy travels!

Kristin