Parenting on the Go: October 2012: Be Kind to You

Be Kind to You

By: Christy Laverty

We mothers are a busy bunch.

We do a lot for a lot of people; children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters and friends. BUT what do you do for yourself? I can bet not enough. We tend to put ourselves on the bottom of the priority list. It shouldn’t be that way but it is all too often the case.

 So what is the fix? Well, there are small things we all can do every single day, things that don’t take a lot of time, effort or money but can have a real impact on your life. These things can change how you treat the most important person in your life….YOU!

1. Read a Book
I find this step is such a luxury when you have children. It is so hard to find time to actually sit in a quiet corner and open a book. It is a great opportunity to escape. It will nourish your soul and your spirit.

2. Have Coffee With a Friend… or by yourself
Or Tea…whatever suits you best. Everyone needs a little bit of time to reconnect with friends. Or just to reconnect with yourself. Stepping out of the house and away from the kids to sit and have coffee gives you a little peace and quiet. It will give you a chance to have a little down time and that is priceless

3. Take a Bath
Treat yourself! This just feels great and will give you a few moments all to yourself. Really pamper yourself. You deserve it.

4. Take a Nap
I love this one. I work late and get up early with the kids so by the time afternoon comes around I am fading fast. There is nothing more re-energizing than a little cat nap. Twenty minutes is often enough time to recharge my batteries. It is such a luxury.

5. Go for a walk
Getting out for a walk does a few things for you; exercise for the mind, body and spirit. Walking is a great way to steal some time for yourself and you get some exercise too! It is another way to have some alone time.

Christy LavertyRead more of Christy’s Parenting adventures on her personal blog, Freckles the Mom and follow her on Twitter

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!