by Kelsey Fields
I went to the grocery store last week and bought three things in bulk:
- Cereal and Poptarts. Because school is back in session.
- Pre-sharpened pencils. Because school is back in session.
- Coffee and dry shampoo. Because school is back in session.
Now that I’m back in school and the kids are too, I am left trying to juggle my job, husband, kids, and all the extras that come with the territory. Like most of you mamas out there, I tend to put my kids and husband first, leaving my well dry and my spirit tired. In order to avoid being a ‘mombie’ I like to remind myself of what’s important by writing down my priorities in order of importance. My top three look like this:
- Bravo TV
- Blake, Max, and Micky
- My health
Every Sunday evening as I am planning the upcoming week I make sure to schedule set times to nurture each of these priorities. Here’s how I’m trying to fit it all in.
Wake Up Early
There are only so many hours in the day so you really have to make them count. I wake up early, like really early, three times a week to run and do my devotional. This doesn’t take away any time from my loves because those lucky dogs are still fast asleep. Doing my devotional first thing allows me to have a focus for the day. I also run with my best friend so I am able to grow friendships at the same time. Multitasking. It’s what we mamas do best.
Leave Work at Work
I try my best to not take work home with me. Sometimes it’s inevitable. When that happens I only work on it after the kids are asleep so it doesn’t take away from the few hours we have together.
The science behind eating dinner as a family is legit. It boosts your kids vocabulary, keeps them healthier by providing more nutrients, fruits, and veggies, and is a powerful predictor of high achievement scores. Data is still out on whether or not eating McDonald’s together at the dinner table counts. I personally say it does, but I may be biased.
Schedule Something YOU Want to Do
Spending time as a family does not have to be all Paw Patrol and Super Mario Brothers. Each weekend I try and schedule one fun family memory maker. And guess what? Since I’m the one planning it, I get to choose what we do. Plan something that the whole family can enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore to spend time together. Let’s face it, you can only spend so many hours at Kiddie City. During the summer you can find us on Table Rock. My kids love it and being at the lake is good for my soul. Also, can we talk about the sleep you get out of your kids after spending a full day at the lake. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. We also love using our season passes at Silver Dollar City. Blake, and I genuinely love going there with the kids. We may like it better than them…
Prioritizing Your Mental and Physical Health is NOT Selfish
Just remember when you are wandering through the aisles of Target all by yourself after a miserable week (because Target brings you joy in the darkest of days), you are not being selfish. Let’s be honest, all of the things in your cart are probably for your kids anyway. Or when you’re in the bath and dirty fingers poke through from underneath the door asking for Cheetos, it’s okay to answer, “Mommy’s not here right now. Try back later.” You can not give from an empty cup! I never feel bad for going to the gym or recharging my batteries at Target. If my kids want their mom around when they are older, I have to be healthy and take care of the one body and mind that I’ve got.
Take some time this week to jot down your priorities and schedule a time to nurture them. Don’t forget to plan something that focuses on your needs as well as the needs of your loved ones. Mom on!
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Kelsey is an elementary teacher (just finished her first year!), a Beachbody certified Insanity instructor, avid runner and yoga enthusiast.
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos, substitute teaching and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and 1 year-old, Mick.