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Mothers rarely get the true credit that they deserve. We do so much for our kids, communities, homes, friends, family, and jobs. Sometimes we forget that there are resources available to help us try to juggle it all. Keep reading for ideas and resources for moms to help make your life just a little bit easier.
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Moms Juggle A Lot
As we try to juggle working from home, teaching from home, being isolated at home, and trying to manage all of this without our normal luxuries to distract us; it can feel as though our world is about to implode. You might just be ready to give up…
However, we promise that you are not alone! In fact, you are actually surrounded by helpful resources and entire support systems even if you did not realize it.
If you're a single mom, in particular, it can feel even harder because you don't have the presence of a partner to help you. But after reading the suggestions below, we hope that any struggling mom will find the support that they need and deserve through these and other resources for moms!
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Hire Some Help
This is something that might not be as easy to do last minute. However, there are still people out there who are offering their babysitting and nannying services. And if you can find someone to help you part-time, we know that it will make all the difference! Even for just a few hours a week to do your own thing, to work, or to get your house in order; it will make a huge difference.
If you really are at your wit's end, then hiring help (even just temporary) is definitely something you should consider. It might even give you the freedom to take on more hours at work and earn more money. GTM.com is a website you should visit to make sure that you're handling all of the payments correctly, since your new help will technically be employed by you.
Also, check out our Childcare Options collection for additional information on babysitters, nannies, and Au Pairs. Learn where to search for childcare help. How to check references. How to conduct interviews. And get tips for keeping everyone safe. Also, take advantage of our free printable childcare notes to help everyone stay organized with the children and their needs.
Social Media Support
Social media support is definitely something you need to explore if you are feeling lonely. And the best part is that finding local mom groups to communicate with is pretty easy with just a few simple searches!
We all know that our social life changed as soon as we had children, and this virus has made it even harder to maintain those friendships. However, there are so many mom groups out there on Facebook, or other social sites, where you can find new people to meet. It's just nice to have someone to talk to who can relate to what you're going through. And who knows, maybe you will even come out of this with a new circle of friends?!
Either way, use technology to your advantage. Use this time to connect with people that you might not have spoken to in awhile, and seek out some new connections as well. Call your Grandparents. Reach out to your cousins. FaceTime with your family members. Plan a Zoom call with a few old friends. And try to join some new mom groups online as well.
Try New Tricks
Finally, maybe you just need to pull some new tricks out of the bag, and find some new activities to keep your kids entertained. You might feel like you have tried every trick in the book. But luckily, children don't get bored too easily, and there are plenty of things that you can still suggest. From fort building, to adventure walks, you don't have to be bored in the house all of the time. Check out Staying Home guide for free activities, free project inspirations, new recipes to try, at home self-care, and so many other resources for moms!
If nothing else, please remember that this is just a phase. It might be a long one, but it will eventually pass. Life will return to normal, and you will be a much better, stronger, better balanced mama for making it through this!
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