*Post a sign with the words, “I am blessed”. And on those hectic days when you are overwhelmed walk over to the sign and read it aloud.
*Call your mom or best friend when you need to vent. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to listen to help you feel better.
*Don’t compare your parenting skills to others. Every family is different and no one ever gets it right 100 percent of the time. Breathe!
*Take care of yourself because no one else will. When you are rested and calm, you will have the energy to be a better parent. Go for a walk, soak in the tub or read a book.
*Remember that a little bit of chaos is part of family life. Life is never perfect so count on the unexpected. Focus on what working and give yourself a break.
*Enjoy your children while you can. It goes faster than you think.
*Forgive yourself and your loved ones. Let go and move on. Life is too short to hold grudges.
*Make time for your spouse. Parents get so caught up with their children and work that they don’t spend enough time alone. Spending time alone allows you to connect as a couple and is essential for a happy marriage. Be sure to schedule in date nights, and when possible a weekend without the children.
*Ask for help. Give your children chores that are age appropriate and teach them that helping out is part of being a family.
*Raising children is the most important job you will ever have. You are making a difference. And on those days when you feel unappreciated just know that someday your children will thank you for the sacrifices you have made.