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Mother's Day is right around the corner, so this one's for you, Mamas! We've enlisted the help of our favorite bloggers, tastemakers and everyday mothers to share their tried-and-true motherhood tips - from simplifying a frenzied morning to battling the infamous dinner hour with little ones underfoot. Read on for the first 5, and stay tuned in a few weeks for our next installment!
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From Gabrielle Blair: Use smaller blocks of time. I might have an hour’s worth of laundry to wash and fold and put away, but I don’t have a full hour to dedicate to it. Instead, I grab 15 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes during the baby’s nap, 5 after dinner and another 10 minutes when the baby is in bed. It’s not ideal, but for me, it has become second nature.
From Hatch Founder Ariana Goldman: Make a game out of life's errands! If my daughter Charlie's singing and playing through clean-up, dressing and getting out the door, she's not likely to tantrum or cry.
From Camille Styles: Get up early! I love to set my alarm for an hour before anyone else in my house wakes up, which leaves me with a blissful sixty minutes to do whatever I want: work out, catch up on emails with friends, make plans for the weekend, think about my dinner menu (yes I'm the type who likes to plan dinner during breakfast.) It leaves me feeling calm, centered and ready to take on the day... which is a good thing, since once my 18-month-old wakes up, it's "go" time.
From Parent Hacks Founder Asha Dornfest: When the schedule balance tips toward too full, I immediately scale down my dinnertime meal plans. I fall back to 3-4 quick meals I can prepare without a recipe AND with ingredients I have on hand (ex: veg/chicken stir fry + rice). Dinner is a particular sticking point for me right now, so having 1-2 meals stashed in the freezer works like an insurance policy. When I KNOW, no matter what, we've got something good to eat for dinner, I can relax and enjoy the spontaneity of my day.
From our very own Managing Editor Amanda Carter Gomes: Everything is temporary. The good, bad and ugly. Today's tantrum is as fleeting as tonight's bedtime back pat requests (though I do hope the latter practice sticks around for years to come). This helps keep me a little centered during trying moments and reminds me to appreciate the endearing phases even more.
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