Dear mom,

It can be hectic to be on a 24-hour job with no holiday and  no pay.  

Indeed, mothering is hard work. It is constant work. 

Moms live in a multi-tasking world and are often running the home, holding down a job, bringing up children, and trying to look good in the process! 

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Between endless laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning spit-up and spilled milk, keeping up with schedules, bath time, chasing children, and preparing meals, many moms wonder exactly when they will get time for themselves. 

They feel that if one more person says, “In the blink of an eye they will be grown, so cherish every moment,” they aren’t sure how they will respond.

In this process, it is also so easy to stop caring for yourself or to get overwhelmed. 

But, when you stop caring for yourself, your ability to care for your child is impacted and your ability to enjoy motherhood is impacted.

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So, how can a mom recharge her batteries without feeling guilty?

Here are some collective tips from the moms around the world!

First it is important to understand that taking care of yourself isn’t optional; it’s necessary. 

The tendency to put yourself last is especially prevalent in moms.

 

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You can’t give what you don’t have. This has a great impact on your relationship with your children and tends to bring out the worst in them and in you.

The National Child measurement programme says that just over 33% of 11-year-olds are now overweight or obese and 22% of  four and five year olds are overweight. 

This is why it is also important to understand that Your children are watching you and want to be like you. 

Therefore, it isn’t selfish to exercise. It gives you  strength, health, fitness and confidence. And it also allows you to be the best mum you can be. You will have more energy to keep up with your little ones which will mean you enjoy your time with them more. 

Taking care of your body and mind is incredibly important and makes you better able to be the very best mum you can be.

 

Life is short so instead of wishing time away, embrace where you are and make the most of every moment. 

Instead of viewing the challenges negatively, surround yourself with people who can help you walk through them, embrace them and successfully reach the other side.

Fill your soul daily with something that makes you smile. There are lots of options, from enjoying the outdoors to silently soaking in a tub. Time spent alone can help recharge. 

Most importantly, share your load and ask for help. Healthy people ask for what they need. If you don’t have extended family around, barter with friends or find surrogate grandparents who would be willing to help. Avoid the trap of believing others are too busy to help you.

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To sum up, 

We at DOTIV would take this opportunity to wish the lovely mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. You are strong and beautiful. 

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Dear mom,

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