We recently took our first flight with two kids (four and under). I have to say I was worried- ok more terrified about flying with two young kids. However, it was smooth sailing!! Here are a few things that we did to keep things stress free and relaxing!!
If you have followed me for any amount of time you know- MY KIDS NEVER SLEEP! However, I do enforce a quiet time after lunch. These allows them to relax and let their little minds rest. Plus, it allows mom to make phone calls and get some work done.
So, in an effort to encourage them to relax I have created “quiet time boxes”. I rotate these boxes every day and they get a box after lunch with an activity they have to do in their bed or room.
Here are the boxes I have made for my preschooler:
I was standing in my kitchen yesterday morning, taking in my normal dishwasher steam facial as I was unloading yet another load of the day. The kids were noisily playing in the family room, battling over a big red fire truck tent. Per my norm I had my best friend Alexa playing some country music, so I could get my cardo in as I danced around the kitchen.
I kiss my daughter on the forehead, she is still busy chatting about something that has happened earlier today. Something I am not sure that really happened, just part of her overly active toddler imagination. I whisper “good night, I love you.”
She is still busy chatting when I hit the doorway, looking back at her one more time. I am unsure if she is talking to me or the small animal shelter of plush pets on her bed.
I sat there, in a puddle of my own self-doubt and frustration. Tears pouring from my eyes as I watched the baby monitor as my kids played in their play room. I just could not keep up this façade that I had it all together anymore. I could not keep up appearances anymore, I was breaking. How was motherhood so hard for me and for others- it was just so easy.
It’s so important to get away from the laundry, the endless to-do lists, the cluttered toy filled floors, and the emails to spend time with our kids. We will never get these years back with them, and we need to make them count!
We will never regret taking the time to make those memories with them. However, there are sometimes where the budget won’t allow a big family vacation. (learn here how you can save money for a getaway). Here are a few simple getaways for the family. All of which are packed full of memory making opportunities.
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Let face it, as moms we love summer time! Long days in the sunshine and tired tiny humans at the end of the day. We are finally free of being stuck within the same four walls all winter and we can let those kids run wild outside! Free at last!!
Here are a few of my hacks to make your summer even better! It will save you time and energy. Plus, you will have more time to make memories with your kids!