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Happy Mum Tips in 20 Days: Day 16

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HAVE A GIRLS NIGHT.

This tip quite conveniently works well with achieving tip 15- sharing the burden!

A girls night is a great opportunity to let your hair down, have some fun and get some serious debriefing going on! The best part is that it is mutually beneficial as your friends will no doubt have their own stuff that they will want to chat about with you as well.

Partners can be good at sharing your worries with, but sometimes it takes your girlfriends to really understand what you’re going through.

So make your girls night a regular event- they’re essential for every happy Mum!

Have a Happy Day,

Nicole

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Happy Mum Tips in 20 Days: Day 14

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HAVE FUN MAKING A MESS.

As the Mum in your household, no doubt you are the chief if not sole cleaner as well!

Therefore, it’s understandable that you feel like you’re constantly fighting against a tidal wave of mess.

While teaching your kids (and partner) to clean up after themselves, it’s also a fun activity to relax the rules a little on the odd occasion and enjoy making a mess as a family.

It might be something like allowing your kids to pull out every single toy they own, or dismantling their bedroom during play. I know this idea is probably increasing your stress levels- but the point is to take the breaks off for a little bit and relax with you family.

WARNING: Obtain everyone’s promise to assist with the cleaning up afterwards is essential for this exercise to result in increased happiness levels!

Have a Happy Day,

Nicole.

Happy Mum Tips in 20 Days: Day 9

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APPRECIATE SOMEONE YOU LOVE

The best kind of appreciation is for things that we do tireless every day without much acknowledgement. For example, it absolutely makes my day when my husband makes a big deal about how lovely a meal is that I’ve made cooked. It’s a job I do every day, so when it is appreciated and not taken for granted- it definitely feels worth it!

Nothing is more rewarding to the giver than the expression of some genuine, heartfelt appreciation to someone else- it doesn’t hurt the recipient either! Besides, when you take the time to appreciate someone, don’t be surprised if they dish some appreciation right back at you.

WARNING: Appreciating the people you love in your life and the great things they do has increased happiness as a side effect.

Have a Happy Day,

Nicole.

Happy Mum Tips in 20 Days: Day 7.

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BE SILLY!

Yep, it’s time for another ‘no responsibility’ day- I love these, and you will too!

Being a Mum is a very busy job! So it’s very easy to become very serious and goal orientated with your children; teaching them to crawl, walk, talk, pee, feed themselves, take a bath, do their homework- I could go on, but you get the point! And this is all while maintaining the house, doing the shopping, and/or going to work.

Every now and then it’s a great idea to put aside some time to just be silly with your kids- guaranteed fun will follow for all participants!

The best way to be silly and have fun with your kids is by letting them guide you as to what the activity will be. It could be playing dress ups, singing songs, dancing, finger painting, rolling around on the carpet for cuddles and giggles.

What’s your child/children’s favorite fun thing to do?

WARNING: Engaging in silliness is extremely fun and you may find it slightly addictive…

Have a Happy Day,

Nicole

20 Happy Mum Tips in 20 Days: Day 2.

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HAVE A FAMILY FUN DAY!

 

There are dishes to be done, clothes to be washed, floors to be vacuumed- but not today!

Today is family fun day- you can chose whatever activity you want (it’s a democracy so voting may be necessary!)- lunch at your favorite café, going to the zoo or the beach, or even ordering in a pizza (replace with your family’s favorite food as appropriate!) and having a movie marathon all piled on the couch together.

The possibilities are endless! The most important thing about today is that you make sure that you all have fun! Anything and everything else can wait until tomorrow!

WARNING- Make sure you pick a day to do this activity in which you can definitely clear the calendar of any responsibilities or commitments. Turning off your phone is also highly recommended!

Have a Happy Day,

Nicole

How to make a Happy Mum. The Recipe: Life Balance.

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One of the best ways to ensure you’re happiness also tends to be one of the hardest things to attain. It’s called life balance.

Although as a Mum you’re doing your very best everyday to care and provide for your loved ones, it’s important to remember that you don’t move to superhero status when you become a Mum. What I mean by this is that you still have all the needs of every other human being on the planet. You need to feel loved, secure, fulfilled and you need a regular dose of ‘me time’ to pursue your own interests.

So right up there with the importance of having regular ‘date nights’ is the need to make sure you have at least one regular timeslot that’s just for you. Be it going to the gym, having lunch with a friend or just curling up with a good book on your own for a few while- ‘me time’ is very important. Mums who are given the opportunity to take these little breaks from the responsibilities and business of life feel much more fulfilled and content with their lives and so find they have the energy to give the best of themselves when they are with their families.

If you find that the idea of scheduling in some ‘me time’ makes you feel a bit guilty, I have a concept that will help. Think of it this way, investing in your wellbeing means you are better able to invest in your family’s wellbeing. After all, you can’t get very far in a car with a flat battery- so how can you expect to keep firing on all thrusters without a little recharge of your own every now and then? See, it makes perfect sense when you look at it that way!

You may actually be surprised to find that your partner is very happy to oblige as they are delighted to have the opportunity to get some one-on-one bonding time with your child/children without you hovering in the background telling them they are doing just about everything wrong (ok, so this may not apply to you- I’m thinking about what I tend to do to my poor partner at times!).

You guessed it; I’m going to get you to book that ‘me time’ in now. Go on, you know you want to!

And if you find that you’re partners response to your request for ‘me time’ is to tell you he needs ‘me time’ as well, that’s okay and fair enough- but he can have his time booked in for sometime after you’ve had your first ‘me timeslot’!