· Monday: Maureen Monfore, Childwise Chat
· Tuesday: Valerie Plowman, Chronicles of a Babywise Mom
· Wednesday: Bethany Lynch, The Graceful Mom
· Thursday: Rachel Norman, A Mother Far From Home
· Friday: Emily Parker, Journey of Parenthood
Today’s post to start of our Babywise-Friendly Blog Week is on how to avoid becoming too child-centered. With any parenting method it is very easy to become too extreme, especially a structured parenting philosophy like Babywise. We become consumed with being the perfect mommy and have a hard time taking a step back from that. Maureen’s suggestions include:
Take a cooking class. Join a book club. Learn photography. Volunteer for a cause you believe in. Whatever it is, find something that will help you grow and get out of mommy mode for a while.
We should not be fulfilled mainly by our children. Fulfilled, yes, but not consumed. Even as a full-time work outside the home mom, it can be very hard for me not to be consumed by my children. I think about them all day at work and then I feel like I need to mostly be in the moment at home. Then I feel guilty for even thinking about leaving them again once I am home. It can feel like life is all work or all kids but I have realized the incredible importance of having time to yourself. I have written numerous posts on it, but it can still be hard to know where to start or to plan time for it. Don’t wait any longer if being a little selfish will help you regain balance and feel refreshed!
My favorite quote from her post:
We weren’t born to wipe noses, pick up toys, and taxi our children around town.
Check out Maureen’s post in its entirety, at Childwise Chat, for more suggestions and why you need to be selfish as a mommy. Follow along the rest of the week for four more great posts, and Wednesday I will have some ideas on how to find babywise-friendly sitters to help you actually get away for some “me” time!
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