Being a mom is hard. Right ladies? Can I get an Amen?
I’m constantly beating myself up about …. well, everything.
Was the lunch I threw together and sent him off with this morning healthy enough? Could I have explained the answer to the question he asked 302 times yesterday differently to avoid the meltdown we both had? Do we spend enough 1:1 quality time together? Is he watching too much TV or iPad?
In general, “how can I do this job better” is the main topic of conversation I have with myself daily.
Sometimes I just need a break (and a shower) … along with an adult conversation over a good meal at a non-kiddo-friendly establishment.
A good friend of mine recently gave me this advice,
“the best thing you can do for your children is to have a healthy marriage/relationship … even if it means spending a little less time with the kids”
Date nights are really important to us, however often get forgotten or postponed (and never rescheduled).
It feels like a lot of work to find a sitter, choose a night, make a reservation, shower, do my makeup (!!), stay awake, and actually leave the house … (dun, dun, dun) without the little man.
But I think part of the answer to my “how could I do this mom thing better?” can be found in my friends advice.
Every mom deserves a date night!
So there it is ladies, I’m texting the sitter right now (mom, if you’re reading this, expect a text momentarily) 😉
Date night is going in the books for every other week starting this weekend.
And I strongly believe I’ll be a better mom (and wife) because of it.
… or maybe it’s just because I like the food better at the restaurants that aren’t kid-friendly 😉
ps – if any of you have any other advice on how to be kinder to my mama-self, I would love to hear it in the comments below (or you can email me info@jennimaroney)