5 Tips for Smart Parenting | The Momma Diaries

Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Tips for Smart Parenting

Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today's post, and helping us Super Moms save time!
Being a Mom is seriously the hardest thing I have ever done.  It's certainly the most rewarding, and I love it more than anything in my life...but it's still hard. Now that I have  TWO children, I have learned some tips and tricks, to make things easier.

typical photo of me with my boys....I'm the only one looking at the camera!

Here are my top five:

1.  Buy diapers online.  Let's face it.  Diapers are a HUGE part of parenting!  They are certainly something your babies will need...and they go through A LOT of them!! Especially during the newborn stage.  I remember changing my kids at least 12 times per day!  Needless to say, diapers are a hot commodity.  That's why I choose to purchase my diapers online from diapers.com.  By using diapers.com, you know they'll have the particular brand and size you're looking for.  I also find that they are cheaper when purchasing online!  Win win!!

Right now you can score $12 off a case of Huggies diapers with your first order from diapers.com.  All you do is enter the promotional code "WOWHUGGIES" at checkout.  Easy peasy.   OH, and new members are also eligible to receive free shipping on orders over $49!  I don't know about you, but I just love a great deal!
2.  Be prepared the night before. I remember when I was a kid, my mom always made sure my clothes for the next day were already planned out. I don't think I realized just how much time that saves, until I became a parent. If we have a big day, or even just a school day for Lincoln, I make sure I get done as much as possible the night before. From clothing, to snacks or lunches. The diaper bag is always stocked and ready to go. Lincoln's backpack is always ready. Doing this makes things SO much easier in the morning. 

3.  Unplug. This is really super hard for me to do. But really, your children need time where you are 100% present. When my son tells me to put down my phone, it's like a slap across the face and such a reality check.  I want my kids to look back on their childhood and think of me as a loving, fun parent.  Not the mom who was too busy to put her phone down to snuggle her kids!

4.  Have a planner. I don't care if it's electronic or paper, just get something. I seriously couldn't live without my planner. My husband is even attached to it. 

5.  Make time for you. This is really important, and certainly something I don't do enough. I love my children more than anything in the entire world, but we all need time to just be alone and breathe. Lately, I've been trying to read at night. That little escape where it's just me and the words on the page, is really nice. 

What sort of things do you find helps maintain your supermom status? 

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