Surviving Parenthood - My Hacks To Becoming A Zen Parent
Surviving Parenthood is not as difficult as it may seem. All it requires are a few hacks and you will be sailing through it like a pro. I've listed below few of my own, follow these to be the most Prepared, Peaceful, Wise, Zen parent alive.
You just need a change in perspective on the following things: .
The Floor: Is it navigable?
Yes = CLEAN
No? Put all toys in a hamper and shove said hamper into the nearest room with a door that closes.
1- The Kitchen:
Get ShantaBai to get it sorted. There CLEAN!
ShantaBai on leave again? No worries. Can you see Dirty Dishes from outside of the Kitchen.
No = CLEAN
Yes? Rearrange the dishes in the sink so you cannot see them.
2- The Laundry:
Is there a visible stain/spill?
No = CLEAN
Yes? Can you scrape it with a fingernail?
Yes = CLEAN
No? Can you smell it?
No = CLEAN
Yes? Oh wear the damn t-shirt anyway, you are most probably not meeting another adult today.
3- Kids Laundry:
Does she have fresh pants to wear? Yes = CLEAN.
No? Ah well! Does she really need to wear pants today? No = CLEAN.
Yes? Take her swimming today. No pants needed. .
Your Car : HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .
This is for the days when you realize that it's already evening and you haven't gotten a single thing done. Ask yourself. Have you done any of the following:
- Brushed your teeth,
- Taken a Shower,
- Gotten into fresh pair of clothes,
- Cooked food for self,
- Cooked for Baby,
- Made a phone call/ sent an email you have been wanting to for a few days.
Yes = Productive
No? Well like with a baby is tough, try again tomorrow.
Men, are you wearing Pants? If so you are dressed! Women, are your breasts covered?
Yes = You are dressed!
No? Are you breastfeeding.
No? Put something on. Out of the laundry basket is fine. Bam! Dressed! .
The last time I was alone in the bathroom for anything was last year. You just need to ask yourself. Can your neighbors see you?
No = Congratulations you have achieved privacy.
Yes ? Well a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Too bad! .
You didn’t know these were dates, but they are:
- Gulping down dinner together before the bub wakes up again,
- Taking the baby out to the park,
- Holding hands while driving and listening to baby's favourite nursery rhyme on loop,
- Sitting in your room not talking but enjoying the bliss that doing nothing is, while baby plays with grandparents/visiting friends for a full glorious hour.
Lastly and most importantly - Keep Your Sense of Humour through it all.
In all seriousness you are nourishing the body, mind, and soul of a small, helpless person that has been entrusted to your care, if you taught them about love, if you played and cuddled and held and disciplined and kissed and nurtured a little heart – you did a great big thing. Some days it will cost all you have, and that’s okay. Spend it. Pay it. And don’t think twice about the dishes.
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