Sometimes moms just need an extra boost of encouragement.
I appreciated quite a bit of help from family and friends last week while Derek was away on a trip to Chile. I knew it would be hard being on my own for 8 days. But it was more challenging than I imagined. I really struggled at points. I learned quite a bit about going it alone, about saying sorry, about perseverance and patience…
1. Take home a load or two of her kid’s laundry, wash, dry, fold and return.
2. Take kids for a walk around her neighborhood for 30-45 minutes, you would be amazed what she can do with those few minutes of peace.
3. Drop off a goodie basket of healthy kid friendly snacks or basket of diapers and wipes.
4. Offer to stop by during nap time to tag team speed clean for one hour.
5. Ding dong ditch mom leaving a coffee or icee or special treat at her front door.
6. Offer to do a specific task, for example, organize a closet, empty/load dishwasher, vacuum, clean kid’s rooms.
7. Pick up mom’s car and take it to the car wash, give it a good vacuum and a fun new air freshener.
8. Make and freeze homemade baby food.
9. Offer to watch kids for a few minutes so mom can take a long shower.
10. Offer to let mom drop off kids at your house so that she doesn’t have to worry about her messy house and can run some errands.
11. Drop off fresh fruit or fresh flowers.
12. Make a meal for the freezer.
13. Give $10 gift card to a craft store or bookstore for her to shop and be inspired.
14. Make a CD or playlist of songs for different themes like songs for cleaning up, calm relaxing songs, fun kids songs, etc…
15. Spoil mom with a pedicure.
16. Invite one of your friends to help you watch mom’s kids and the kids of a friend of hers so both moms can visit and catch up.
17. Offer a unique skill or talent to mom and her kids. Come with a “lesson” on something you know about and love. For example, a science project, art project, craft project, Spanish lesson, music lesson, special book etc…
18. Offer to come take pictures of mom and the kids. Usually mom is the one taking the pictures and not the one IN the pictures.
19. Send mom to the park or the library with the kids and stay back and pick up her house or prepare dinner.
20. Meet mom at the mall and watch the kids at the play area so she can shop for a little while.