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Let's face it. Everyone has had one of those days. Those days when the little one is whining, there are toys everywhere, the dog ate your baby's snack, and you just can't find anything that will keep their attention for longer than 5 minutes. To top it off, your head is pounding, you have nothing in the fridge for dinner, and you think that you've just put on your last clean pair of underwear. The Meltdown commences. It takes last bit of your strength to simple keep calm and trudge through the rest of the day. When I was in the middle of one of my Mommy Meltdowns, grasping at straws, I was desperately trying to figure out what would mellow both me and my son out, allowing us to carry on for the rest of the day without a further downward spiral.
Two things came to mind while I was struggling through that day. One was to take of myself and the other was to try and reconnect with my son. Once I figured out how to reach those two goals throughout the remainder of the day, I decided to have the tools necessary to carry out those objectives within reach. Hence, The Mommy Meltdown Basket was born.
Help Mommy RelaxA basket like this may look very different for everyone. When collecting items that would help Mommy cool down and relax during a hectic day, you have to think about things that make you feel at peace. What helps you relax? Feel rejuvenated? Gain perspective? Below you'll find a list of items that works for me and why. Use this to work on your own Mommy stash.
1. Tea ~ Tea is my go-to drink to relax and unwind. It helps me to focus and enjoy the little things. Adding a special flavor of tea that I don't often get to savor is a way to add a special treat into an other otherwise trying day.
2. Chocolate ~ Need I say more? Again, I added a bag of dark chocolate drops that are a special treat for me. A type of candy that you don't often allow yourself or one that may be a bit costly for everyday enjoyment may be just the ticket to help you gain perspective when needed the most!
3. A video ~ I included a video that my son loves to watch and that never fails to keep his attention. Sometimes you just need your little one to be still and quiet for 30-40 minutes so that you can use that time to take care of yourself. Win, win for you both!
4. Lavender Dyed Rice ~ I came across a wonderful post from Nurturestore recently. She uses lavender rice as a nighttime sensory activity that helps relax the little ones just before bed. Focusing on awakening your senses is a great way to clear your head and focus. Just like my son, playing in rice is very calming for me. Adding that extra touch of lavender does also does wonders!
5. Books/Quotes ~ If my little guy's attention is absorbed into the video that I have slipped into the DVD player, then it's the perfect time to grab a book. I tossed in a small book of short quotes about peace that helps clear the mind is very enlightening. Another is a journal of gratitude. Focusing on the positive aspects of the day may be just what you need to help bring you out of your funk and lift your spirits.
ReconnectNext, I decided to collect a few things that will help me reconnect with my son. Now is the time to think about what he enjoys. Are there any activities that are no-fail and always make him smile? What about ways that you can communicate and meet in the middle?
1. Play Dough ~ Play dough is of my son's all time favorite items to play with! Just as I love playing in rice, play dough has a calming effect on me as well, just by simple squeezing it in my hands. You can play together forming objects with the dough or find some random toys around the house to add to the fun!
2. Crayons & Paper ~ Coloring was an activity that I loved doing as a child. My son has just started to enjoy coloring, as well, so I thought it would be a perfect to share with each other.
3. Music ~ Sometimes you just need to let loose and have some fun. I found a CD (one song would also do) that makes us both smile and want to get up and dance our troubles away!
4. A photo album ~ Looking at pictures from a happier time always makes me smile. Leafing through baby pictures, reliving a family vacation, or glancing at silly photos that I took of my son always put me in a better mood. Grady has always loved looking through albums as well. Sometimes he'll just sit on my lap and we'll talk about the pictures in an album.
5. A book ~ Reading aloud with each other is a great way to reconnect. A novel or other picture book that your child enjoys would be another great addition to your basket.
For more ideas for creating a sense of peace on an otherwise chaotic day, visit the links below!
Creating a Calming Space for Children from Creative Playhouse
Relax with Lavender and Glitter Sensory Salt from The Imagination Tree
Find an activity that your toddler loves to give you a few minutes to yourself like The Good Long Road did!
Combine Aromatherapy and Play Dough for a wonderfully calming experience from The Imagination Tree.
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What would you include in your Mommy Meltdown Basket?
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