It’s no secret that being a mom is tough work. Work, home, and family all collide to create an unending cycle of pressure for moms. But the stress doesn’t have to be overwhelming – it’s totally possible to take some time off from “supermom-ing” and focus on yourself and your kids at the same time.
Superhero outfits aren’t necessary to be a good mom:
Moms already have a lot of responsibilities and being a “supermom” is unnecessary pressure for them to deal with. Work and family both demand time and attention, so it’s okay if you take some time off. Moms should be able to do what they love too, not just for their family but also for themselves. Moms should feel confident with themselves and focus more on being emotionally supportive of their kids.
Take Periodic Breaks:
Taking care of yourself is an important part of being confident with your parenting. Work-from-home parents tend to have more time for themselves than those who work outside the home, but that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from needing a break. If you can take some extra help with watching the kids and running errands once in a while, do It! Moms can have a great time with their kids while simultaneously taking some personal time for self-care. Whether you’re an introvert who needs alone time or an extrovert who needs some time with friends, it’s perfectly okay to take a break from being supermom. Mom’s don’t need to be supermoms – sometimes it can actually help the family dynamic if moms take a step back and let dad take over for a while. Kids get that their parents are people, too, with their own needs and desires. Taking care of yourself as an individual is important because it helps you take care of your family.
Get rid of the Mom guilt:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and are going through mom guilt, take a step back and think about why your kids are important to you. See what makes them special and unique and focus on those things. Think about what you can do to be a better parent for them. Focus on being the best parent you can be and try not to compare yourself with other parents. You don’t need superpowers, just focus on being the best mom possible. Having kids doesn’t mean you have to put your entire life on hold. Don’t feel guilty for needing some time away from your family. – remember that parenting is a journey and no one’s perfect at it, so take the pressure off of yourself!
Being a mom is tough so remember to take care of yourself as well, whether that means getting some extra help or just taking time for your hobbies. Don’t let the pressure of being supermom stress you out. Be there for your kids emotionally, mentally, and physically so they know how much they’re loved.
Parul Agrawal is an Engineer by education and an Entrepreneur by passion. She is a Golden Book World Record Holder Hybrid Publisher, International Bestselling Author, TEDx speaker. She is founder and CEO of ParulAgrawal.com, a cutting-edge business consulting and international publishing platform, a company built to empower authentic leadership on the planet. Follow her at www.parulagrawal.com.