We’ve all been there. The days when you wake up and hate motherhood. The days your kids can sense your bad mood and decide to act out even more. The days you just want to start over.
But what if you can?
I’m not saying I’m a mothering guru by any means, of course, but I will say that I am a mother who is desperate to hear from other moms. In fact, you could call it a downright creepy obsession I have into hearing about the secret lives of mothers. I love hearing how other moms manage to get their work done during the day, fit in exercise, keep a connection with their partners, and you know, survive the day.
One of my favorite resources for connecting with other moms who deal with the craziness that is life with young kids is Stand For Mom, an online community for work-at-home moms. Hearing from other moms there makes me realize that 1) I’m not crazy to fantasize about running away occasionally and that 2) we all have those days when we feel like we need to totally reset the day.
Here are some of the ways other moms reset their days when they’re having “one of those days”:
Take a drive
One of my favorite strategies for building a break into my day, and one that a lot of moms secretly employ is taking a drive. This means literally strapping your kids in the car and driving somewhere — anywhere, but preferably a Starbucks drive-thru — for a literal reset and a break for you. The kids are strapped in and safe, and you can just breathe. I have done this so many times and on more than one occasion, I’ve parked in a parking lot, turned on a movie in our minivan and just mindlessly scrolled Facebook on my own phone. Even a few minutes has the power to give me strength to get through the rest of the day (and caffeine never hurts either, right?).