Search

CarpoolDaze

Category

Whine-thirty

Day 2: Writing a List: Stress Be Gone.

12 Ways to Unpack My Busy Mind 

  1. Thank God for the day ahead.
  2. Workout with FiAnation.com.
  3. Run and walk outside to my music.
  4. Hug my Gordon Setter.
  5. Read and write.
  6. Visit Calm.com for daily guided meditation.
  7. Call or meet a family member or friend.
  8. Light a calming candle and deep breathe when kids whine or fight.
  9. Have a fun family dinner.
  10. Snuggle with kids on sofa and watch a funny show.
  11. Plan with husband on Sunday afternoons.
  12. Hide in my room.

“Brain Gone Fishing”

“Brain Gone Fishing.”

At our meeting to change the world last May, my friend Anna, a fellow daughter of a Marine said this:

“If you need me to do anything let’s get it done right now. Otherwise, I am on mom duty all summer and won’t be able to do anything.”

I thought she was a bit serious at the time. We can do it all right?

Ha. Now its August and I know she was right. 

I adore my kiddies and they are my priority during summer. But by late August, I am ready!  Ready for school, a rhythm, and a routine….for them and me!  

All this talk about our kids brains draining over summer, what about stay at home Mommy or Daddy brains?

I crave some mental gymnastics, problems to actually solve, new ideas to chase. To knock off all the items on my To Do list. To have some time to think clearly, or read or talk in a paragraph versus a baby tweet.

It’s just not happening until those kiddies are back in school.

Yesterday I met with our carpool team to plan out our exciting 2015-2016 year of carpool when I realized the fog had set in on us all! We could not get past the first two weeks of September.

Then the other day I told my daughter to stop whining, get out of the house, or go to the pool. When I dropped her booty off at the pool, I saw two girls we knew on their iPad sitting in a corner.

“Hi girls! Have you been swimming all morning? Will you be staying longer?”  I asked them. 

Yes!” They exclaimed in unison.

Then the elder sister said, “We have been here since 11 AM! Our dad kicked us out of the house and told us not to come home until 5PM.”

My kinda guy. Get outside kids! I gotta think!

I am dreaming of running a 100 mile ultra marathon. Never mind the fact I have not trained for one. Brain gone fishing! No think. Jus’ run. 

See ya family!  It’s  “Mommy time out!” 

Lord, give me the strength, peace, and wisdom to chill out, laugh and play a little more as school starts back up. Who cares if I have brain drain, right?  I can catch up on some brain training when “we” go back to school.  

Research says, and I know from personal experience, constant interruptions, distractions whether the good or bad, can short-circuit your thoughts, dreams and actions. And give you a dash of ADD.

Oh well. Got kids.

“Brain’s Gone Fishing.” Back in September. 

National Give a Hug Day in Action

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Easy Fix.”

Dad and Mom

I found out January 21 was #NationalHugDay (who knew we even had one?) via a post on Twitter and a related link with all the benefits of hugs (lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, decrease in cortisol, increases immune response, etc.), and what happens over a life-time when that human touch stops (not good).

This research made me realize the real value of hugs even-though I admit I am a “hugger” and should already know.

Yep, you may not be ready for me when I first see you.

Sorry!  Please pardon my exuberance.

My parents were good huggers so maybe I was born to hug?

Then it hit me.  Did I hug my own family enough?  No!

So, right before dinner, I announced it was National Hug Day and suggested we all needed to hug each other more right then and everyday.

“Whine-thirty” changed to “joy-thirty” in an instant with the hugs.

Time slowed. Heart rates went down. We laughed, giggled, joked and…all was right in the world.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑