How Minimizing Stress Makes Me A Better Parent

Caring for a toddler and an infant may sound terrifying, but to be honest, I found it tougher to care for one when I first became a SAHM. 
With two, you pretty much know what to expect. Like Aaronica from The Crunchy Mommy mentioned in yesterday’s Periscope session, “you kept one alive, so you’re doing a good job.” 
A Day In The Life 
My parenting style isn’t perfect. I have moments that I yell at my toddler and when I get really frustrated with him that I have to walk away. 
And that’s perfectly fine. 
But that’s something I’ve been trying to minimize. 
Because some frustration stems from having to rush in the morning and arriving late to his preschool, I’ve been planning ahead. 
I set up all the containers I’ll be using the next day  to prep his breakfast/snack and his sippy cup. I also prep the coffee for the next day the night before. As for Jeff, I iron his shirt and ties days in advance instead of the morning of. 
And that works for us. 
Taking A Breather
In those moments when my sons need me and I’m up to my neck in chores, I choose to sit it out with them. Whatever chores that need to get done will still be there after my sons’ needs have been met. 
Shopping with two kids can sometimes be stressful. Oftentimes I head to the stores when my toddler is in school or before/after he’s had his nap.
As for blogging and catching up with other bloggers/family members, I do so while the boys are sleeping or when Sebastian is watching his shows. It’s the only time I can really sneak away
How do you minimize the stress in your day? 

4 Comments

  1. WorkingMomMagic

    January 28, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    I am all about shortcuts.. I prep ahead wherever I can to make my mornings easier! 🙂

    1. Fatima Lora

      January 29, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      Right? Prepping makes momma happy! 🙂

  2. MamaStrongof2

    January 29, 2016 at 12:51 AM

    You sound a lot like me. I yell too. For me; making list is key! I make them for everything. Even if all of it doesn't get done, the aim to do it is what motivates me to get through each day. I'm slowly learning that a clean house isn't as important as happy children.

    S.L. Dale
    http://www.notyourtraditionalfamily.com

    1. Fatima Lora

      January 29, 2016 at 1:22 AM

      Oh, lists are always written. The problem is getting through them.

      I think I've written "clean bathrooms" more than once this week, and I have yet to get to them. I actually thought about that funny quote: "I don't know why I clean my home if we still live in it."

      Every time I start cleaning, I have a toddler trailing behind me leaving a mess.

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