From BYU Women Conference. It's good to know some of them.
Top 10 Tips for U!
Top 10 Tips for U!
• Have realistic expectations for yourself—Heavenly Father doesn’t expect you to be
the perfect mother or wife. He loves us for trying our best.
• Get organized – dejunk the clutter. Even 10 minutes a day does wonders.
• Don’t over schedule yourself or your kids.
2. Utilize instant pick me ups
• Get dressed – for real – no sweatpants.
• Do your hair.
• Put on makeup.
• Paint your nails.
• Take a shower or bubble bath.
• Own jeans that actually fit you.
• Turn on the music and sing along – out loud.
• Go outside – fresh air and sunshine.
• Own an outfit that just makes you feel like you look good.
• Get out of the house and go anywhere (even just for a drive).
• Go shopping (grocery or other) in the evening alone or with a friend – leisurely
roaming Target’s aisles at 9:00 p.m. can be very therapeutic.
• Have a hobby (sewing, scrapbooking, blogging).
3. Nurture your marriage
• Say “I love you” regularly.
• Escape for a weekend getaway.
• Get a babysitter and go out (have a regular date night).
• Order take out and watch a video after the kids are down.
• Take walks together.
• Kiss passionately.
• Kiss when saying goodbye to each other.
• Give each other massages.
• Take time daily to talk (and listen) to each other.
• Find a hobby to do together (a new sport, etc.).
• Flirt with your husband.
• Say “I’m sorry” and mean it.
• Call, text or e-mail occasional love notes.
4. Get enough sleep
• Take a nap (even a 15 minute power nap).
• Go to bed early once in awhile (even right after the kids go down).
5. Plan outs with other moms
• Join or start a play group or park day.
• Invite moms and their kids over for lunch and playtime.
• Meet friends at the park, zoo or museum.
• Go feed the ducks.
• Meet for a picnic.
6. Continue your education
• Read (in the car during kids’ lessons, during naptime, in the bath, outside in the sun).
• Join or start a book group.
• Take an online class or a night class at a local college or with a community education
• Sign yourself up for lessons (cooking, piano, guitar, dance class alone or with hubby).
• Take a class from a local craft store (knitting, scrapbooking, sewing, quilting).
• Take a class from a local hardware store (repairing, installing, updating).
• Do brain exercises: sudoku, crossword puzzles, etc.
• Attend Enrichment night.
• Read the Ensign and scriptures.
• Take an institute class.
• Attend the temple.
7. Exercise regularly
• Play tag, jump on the trampoline, swing, etc. with your children.
• Turn on some music and dance.
• Load up the stroller and go for a walk. Go with a friend.
• Play soccer, catch, tennis, etc. with your little ones.
• Clean the house with energetic vigor.
• Walk your kids to and from school.
• Join a gym with babysitting services.
• Walk your neighborhood errands.
8. Maintain friendships
• Late night movies (after the kids are in bed and hubby is home).
• Lunch or dinner out with girlfriends (even just once a month).
• Stay in touch with friends (call or e-mail).
• Scrapbook night.
• Get a handless phone so you can chat while you do laundry, cleaning, etc.
• Send a birthday card or note in the mail.
• Girls’ trip (overnight or something more elaborate).
9. Take a Break
• Get a babysitter (run errands alone, take a nap, go clothes shopping alone).
• Swap kids with a friend.
• Call in help – mom, sister, neighbor, visiting teacher, husband, friend.
• Online downtime: check e-mail, shop, blog or read someone’s blog, etc.
10. Be positive
• Say “Yes” as often as you can - even if it’s conditional “Yes, you may have a cookie,
after you finish your lunch.” (as soon as…, when you have…)
• Surround yourself with happy people.
• Say “Thank you.”
• Add some color to your life – nails, flowers, lipgloss, clothes, paint a wall/room.
• Love your house: “Redecorate” a room by rearranging what you already have.
• Do something every day just because you want to.
• Cherish your children: Remember your kids are only this young once and it goes