Mommy needs quiet time

Definition of QUIET TIME: It’s the time when Mommy’s blood is turned down to simmer.

I am a mother of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old special needs child. I also suffer from CD, so quiet time, for me, is a must. Every home/family is different, but reading this will show you how important it is for you and your child to have quiet time, and how you can accomplish it. Use that time to do whatever your heart desires. Get some rest, watch some TV, or read. Whatever, but this is YOUR time. HAPPY QUIET TIME!

First of all, just because you are feeling in desperate need of quiet time, does not mean you are a bad parent. You need to let go of the guilt and realize that having a break is necessary because you can regain your patience. Have you noticed, some days with your kids just make you so impatient that you just automatically start answering “NO!” to everything? It time for a break… Children also need quiet time for them to relax and wind down a bit.

What is my strategy?

CONSISTENCY & ROUTINE…It is best to start training your kiddos as early as possible. I knew from early on, with my first child, that I had to establish a break for myself daily. Stick with your quiet time plan!

Most children refuse to take naps, but I make it inviting. I say something like “Lacie, you don’t need to take a nap, but you have to play quietly. Maybe do some puzzles or color?” Because my child is so used to this being a daily thing, she knows what quiet time means. I bring her into her room with a Sippy cup of water. I tell her to please play quietly so Mommy can rest. She knows the only reason she comes out of her room is to go potty or if something is wrong. Usually I will take this opportunity to take a cat nap. If she does end up needing the bathroom, she will stand at her door and yell “Mom can I go potty?” “NO!” Just kidding LOL.

Because my delayed son is so well-behaved, I can put him in his play pin for an hour with a few toys and he will be so happy!

I know Lacie is safe in her bedroom because it is childproofed. Plugs covered, windows locked etc…I know she is safe. Of course you wouldn’t want to do something stupid like stick ear plugs in to sleep, you need to be able to hear if anything happens while you are napping or relaxing. I am a very light sleeper but I also have a baby monitor hooked up to hear if she opens her door.

I hope you find this strategy helpful, please comment below if you have found other ways helpful! Thanks for reading! Please follow & share… 

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How to get the best out of your massage

How to get the best out of your massage…

  1. Don’t eat right before a massage.

Why? Laying on your front side can upset your stomach. Avoid eating just before so you are as comfortable as possible.

  1. Take valerian root 1 hour prior to massage (Dosing is different for every individual)

Why? Valerian Root is a calming herb that promotes relaxation. It’s my favorite calming remedy.

  1. Do not have anything scheduled prior to your massage or after.

Why? Rushing to your massage appointment can induce stress, and leaving from a relaxing massage into running errands and driving in traffic can take away the calming affects from your massage. Let it last, and go home!

  1. Relax your muscles and your mind

Why? Tightening up is counterproductive. So try your best to relax your mind and body.

  1. Communicate with your massage therapist when you are in discomfort

Why? You want to be comfortable enough with your therapist to feel okay with letting them know how you are feeling. If you just suffer through the pain, your massage will be a waste of time because you will feel stressed the entire time. YOU are paying them. Let them know “it hurts!”

  1. Drink extra water after your massage.

Why? “Deep tissue massage releases toxins from the muscles and into the blood stream. They assert that the water helps the kidneys and pancreas to process those toxins. “ –Huffington Post

  1. Lay on the massage table for a couple of minutes after the session is over.

Why? Sometimes you may experience light headedness. It’s best to lay open on the table and take in the aroma of the spa and adjust to how you feel.

  1. Stay on schedule with your massages.

Why? Staying on schedule with your massages whether it be once a week, every other week, or once a month. Massage is very beneficial to detox. For you other special needs parents out there, make sure you make this a priority. Take care of yourself, don’t forget!

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