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Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

I have always been an advocate for enjoying life. I think it’s important that we learn to pause for moments with our family and moments alone. Since I’ve been co-parenting a really long time, I got used to having two weekends a month for my alone time. As time has moved on and the firstborn is getting older, my “kid-free” time is less and less. Even though I have less “kid-free” moments, I still try to balance alone time with motherhood. I wanted to share a few simple ways I pause to enjoy life and motherhood.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Have Dinner Outside. The kids and I may have cooked a quick meal inside, but they worked to set up the outside patio table. We even hooked up Jenny the pug so that she was outside with us. This was an easy way to pause and enjoy motherhood because someone had to feed the kids.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Take a Warm Bath. There are quite a few times that I’ll tell the kids that I’m going in my bedroom to soak in the bathtub. They don’t even second guess it. I’m lucky that they’re old enough to tend to their own stuff long enough for me to soak in the tub and wash away my stress.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Take a Nature Walk. The kids and I enjoy taking random walks around our local town. You may find us on a nature trail, walking our neighborhood, walking the track, or just taking a hike up a mountain. We really love getting outside together to find what we can find outside on a nature walk.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Take a Stroll Alone. Pause motherhood and just go take a walk by yourself. This is really relaxing for me. I know that taking a daily walk helps to slow my mind down and ease any stress that’s weighing on my mind.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Do Some Yard Work. I’ll admit the kids aren’t too happy when I say it’s yard work day. I get it, who wants to go outside on a nice day and have to rake, mow or pick up the yard? But it’s part of life and so I do my best to make this yard work time fun and adventurous for the kids.

Simple Ways to Pause to Enjoy Life and Motherhood

Play a Game With the Kids. We have many games in the house that aren’t electronic. Most recently my youngest kiddo was all about having me pause work so that we could do a Bean Boozled Challenge.

What is Bean Boozled?

Bean Boozled is a game you’ll love to hate. Seriously. I remember a while back we played this challenge and I ended up with a skunk flavored jelly bean. I am not even kidding. That flavor stuck in my mouth for days! Bean Boozled is basically a jelly bean game, with a twist. Each jelly bean has a yummy or yucky flavor. One example is that the orange jelly bean may taste like peach or barf. It’s really gross and there are many combinations of Bean Boozled jelly beans. You have a spinner inside of the Bean Boozled game pack, along with some various flavor jelly beans. Each person spins the spinner on their turn and everyone grabs whatever color jelly bean the spinner lands on. Countdown from 3 and place a jelly bean in your mouth. Watch as each of you make faces when you realize whether you just bit into a good or bad jelly bean. While this game isn’t my favorite, it surely gets lots of laughter from the kids when I willingly join in on their fun. You can pick up Bean Boozled just about anywhere, but I prefer to buy it on Amazon because they tend to have a wide variety of options and the lowest prices.

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Many people will tell me that I do this whole juggling work at home mom thing well, but I admit, there are days that the kids simply run the house. I am a single mom who is trying to make the most of every moment. My firm belief in pausing to enjoy childhood is what keeps me going strong. I know that everything in the adult world will work out as it’s supposed to. I know that I will figure everything out in time, but what I can’t get back are these moments with my kids who are growing too fast!

 

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Brandy Ellen is a born and raised NH resident who enjoys living life to the fullest. Raising 3 kids and a pug, Brandy spends her free time writing for her two blogs – ParentInfluence and Brandy EllenWrites. Brandy is also a ghostwriter for other blogs, click here to hire Brandy to write for you.

25 comments found

  1. I love your positivity and insightfulness. enjoy the childhood while it lasts. you only get one 🙂 make the best of it 🙂

    1. Thank you. As I get older and wiser, I think motherhood has become easier for me. I have to pause for myself and them, especially since I work from home and I am a workaholic.

    1. I think that’s what some parents forget, we don’t have to be spending tons of money to enjoy childhood with our kids. I am all about the free or super low-cost moments together. Those are sometimes the best memories to make!

    1. I have tried to maintain a good bond and balance of motherhood with my kids. They know that Mama needs a pause or else I won’t be the best I can be for them.

  2. I find these tips useful for a new mom like me, will take note of this especially when my kid get older. I love the idea of nature walk with them.

    1. I am a mom of 3, they are much older now, but still children. I have to learn new ways to break because even though they are older – they have needs. It’s hard some days, but I love that they respect me when I say I need alone time so I can be a good mom to them.

    1. You have to keep positive. If I let everything get to me, or consume my mind, I don’t think I would be able to work from home as well as I have since 2006. It’s good to pause and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

    1. I always say that being a mom is the best job I’ve ever had, but it’s also the most difficult job I’ve ever had. Glad you stopped by to comment.

  3. You are absolutely right, quiet moments and together moments are so important! As a homeschooling mum of 4 kids, I can totally relate to both!

    1. I have one child who homeschools, and two others that have their own special needs/issues. I know time alone is so important or else I would be frazzled all of the time.

  4. Oh yes! We’ve played this before and it’s so much fun! Ha! Ha! Some of the flavors are really gross and can make you gag for sure! lol! But so much fun!

  5. I love all the suggestions you have here about enjoying time together as a family. We love nature walks when the weather permits. I have to check out the Bean Boozled products. I’ve never heard of them.

    1. Nature walks can be so fun. I like seeing all of the wildlife. Bean Boozled is surely something that won’t be for everyone, some of the flavors make you gag really bad 🙁 Kids love doing the challenges though.

  6. I can sense a great amount of positivity in your approach towards life and the way you’re grooming your children can really help them to be good human being not only for themselves but for a society too.

    1. I am usually pretty positive in nature and it has helped my kids see the better side of every situation, I mean they’re young and still learning but I hope my example will help guide them to be well-rounded, positive people in society as an adult.

  7. Some times just doing small simple things in life can give you lots of pleasure.I love all your ideas although I am not too keen on having to eat a foul tasting jelly bean.

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