Inside: Every wonder how to turn a bad day around? The answer could be simpler than you think. Try these small moment fixes to be a better mom today!
Sometimes you have those sunshiny days. The baby slept through the night. Dinner is in the crock pot by 9:00 AM. The toddler is happily playing on the back porch. You’ve got a cup of coffee in hand, and you’re out of your PJs, ready to tackle anything.
But maybe today is not that day.
Are you having one of those days?
Your time is running short, your kids are running the halls, and you are running out of patience.
We’ve all been there, it’s part of the package that comes with motherhood sometimes. And I’m OK with that! These are character molding times y’all.
Let’s be honest. Not every day is going to go down in the record books as a great day.
But what can you do about it? What do you do with a day that seems to go all wrong?
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Be a Better Mom, One Small Moment at a Time
Here’s the thing, we often think it’s the big, epic moments that chart our course as a mom. Be 100% mom 100% of the time. Be the mom that does it ALL.
GREAT moms know this secret: it’s the small moments that matter most.
A few seconds of being intentional will quickly add up to make your kids feel valued and loved in your home. I know your day is full and your to do list is long. But I also know this.
Being a better mom isn’t rocket science. You can start with just five seconds of being intentional with your attention and affection. It’s as simple as that!
So if today is absolutely, positively NOT one of those sunshiny days, it’s OK. You don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your parenting toolbox. You don’t have to read seven books on mindful parenting. You don’t have to start a bullet journal to be a better mom.
Just start simple. Do just one of these ideas below. I promise you won’t regret it!
It seems to me you have two simple choices, mama:
1. Thow a pity-party and spend the rest of the day wishin’ and hopin’ tomorrow turns out better. (Ha! I’ve tried this. It ain’t working.)
2. Take action! Be proactive and turn the day around with these easy ideas to be a better mom in the small moments.
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35 Ideas to Be a Better Mom Right this Second
It’s time to turn the day around, mama! Which of these quick ideas will you use to be a better mom today?
Don’t forget to download and print this list! We all get busy, so grab the printable below to help you remember to savor the little moments with your kids.
- Give an Eskimo kiss
- Start a tickle fight
- Say “You’re so kind.”
- Say “I like the way you did that.”
- Race the grocery cart down an empty aisle
- Make up a secret handshake
- Gaze at the moon before you enter the house at night
- Take a deep breath and count to five together
- Ask “What are you thankful for today?”
- Dance in the car at a stoplight
- Race to the nearest tree
- Give a hug
- Make shadow puppets on the wall
- Bring your child iced tea or hot chocolate just because
- Have a silly face contest
- Sing the ABC song as fast as you possibly can
- Make funny animal sounds
- Watch an ant hard at work
- Splash in a puddle
- Doodle a silly drawing
- Look into their eyes when you speak to them
- Start a staring contest
- Share a piece of chocolate
- Play a speed round of Simon says
- Help them find a book to read
- Jump on the bed together
- Write down Grandma’s phone number and let them call her
- Scratch their back
- Bring them a pillow to prop their feet up
- Give a silly wink
- Whistle a tune
- Do the “wheelbarrow” walk
- Tell a joke
- Give a high five
- Say “I love you.”
If your day is looking a little uninspired, take action!
You can be a better mom today. Right this second. Don’t wait for tomorrow!
All it takes are a few small moments all bundled together to make an intentional impact on your family.
Start small! Which small moment fix will you try first?
What great ideas!!! You are so right. It’s the little things they will remember.
As a grandmother who totally relates to being a busy mom, I wish I had a list like this pinned on my fridge when my child was young. Sometimes you have to be reminded to “stop and smell the roses”……they are not little for long. I’ve printed it out for my young daughter to help remind her! The children are so awesome, we busy adults sometimes miss out on these opportunities.
Thanks for that encouragement Iesa! What a blessing you are to your daughter!
This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Renee! Glad I could encourage you today 🙂
Love Love Love! I want to print it out and put it on my fridge!
Hey I’ll make a printable! Thanks for the idea Suzi!
I love that part in this post where you say that life is made up of the small moments, this is a phrase I live by. It is in the small moments when we choose not to have a freak out at our children, or to put the laundry down to play, that really matter to our kids and our lives. I enjoyed reading your post and your insight!
Thank you Sara! I don’t always get it right as a mama, but when I do it’s usually because I remember to concentrate on one tiny moment at a time. Thanks for sharing!
This caught my eye on Pinterest then I cringed. No one says Eskimo. They are called Inuit. Call it an Inuit kiss.
Great ideas thank you!!!