Today, I read an article on the Parent Magazine Blog entitled “17 Habits Of Very Happy Moms.” In the article author Marion Winik gives ways to stay happy and energetic as a mother, or father for that matter. Every piece of advice came directly from those high- energy, never- stop- smiling parents we all envy to some degree. After reading the entire article it seems to me that these 17 habits to being a parent with a smile can be summed up into just five main points.
1. Make time for family
Make time for your kids together and separately. Make time to be alone with your husband, or wife. And make time for activities the whole family will enjoy. This family has some really great ideas.
2. Make time for just you
Being a parent seems like it should be all about your kids one- hundred percent of the time, but even psychologists agree that you cannot be the best parent you can be if you are not first the best you you can be. So don’t feel guilty about taking a little “just me” vacation to the bath or somewhere. You need to care for your children’s parent if you are going to care for your children.
3. Spend time with friends
Being a good parent doesn’t mean you never spend time with just the grown- ups. So go to the movies as a couple or with all of your friends. You will need someone to remind you that it is not appropriate to burst out singing the backpack song from “Dora the Explorer” in public.
4. Be healthy
Yeah, yeah, we have all heard it said that staying fit, keeping active and eating a healthy diet is “the key to happiness.” But it turns out that is exactly what some of the happiest parents around believe.
5. Have fun!
It has been said that being a parent is the hardest job you can have, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the WORST job to have. Relax. Pick your battles. Plan great adventures. Make the most imperfect piece of art you can. Search for bugs in the mud. Whatever you do, have fun with it. Soon your kids will be all grown up and you will be able to look back and be happy with all the fun you had.
But really, all of this can probably be summed up into one main idea, JUST STAY HEALTHY! Healthy socially, psycologically, emotionally and physically. A well balanced parent will make for a well- balanced home, life and family.
What did you think of the article on parents.com? Is there anything you would like to add? Please leave a comment below with your opinions. Are there any other advice tidbits you’d like to mention?