This post is sponsored by JCPenny and Lee Jeans. All opinions are my own.
This motherhood thing is not for the faint of heart, especially when your little one is struggling and your mama heart just wants to find a way to make it all better. When we first moved to Utah, Reagan Jane started to struggle with anxiety. She didn’t want to be alone, have any of the doors in the house closed, or be away from me at all. It only lasted a few months and got better and better each day, but it was a big transition moment for her and me. It was clear that the move had a huge impact on her. I had to adjust my time with her and how I handled her as a child. She needed time set aside just for her to be with me, without her brother or dad. From date nights to simple walks around the neighborhood, these moments alone with her filled her cup and mine.
Although she is older now, we have carried on this tradition and make sure to work it in, even with homework and after-school activities. This is especially important now that I have another babe in the mix that takes so much time, but there are always ways to find one-on-one time with each child if you work on taking other stresses out of your life.
I have a few examples of how I attempt to free up some time in our days.
- I love to take time at night, when all the kids are in bed, to think about the next day. I look at my calendar and see if I can prepare anything to free up some time the next day. This includes things like school lunches, meal planning, even writing out a schedule for the day.
- Spending time at night doing the dishes and simply picking up after your day will not only help you start the next day off right, but it will also help you stay on top of the dishes throughout the day.
- Communicate with your significant other the schedule and activities for the day. That way, you can both be on the same page and maybe you can arrange some alone time with each parent. Even driving your child to an activity by yourself makes a difference. That time in the car alone can be so valuable.
- Have questions stored in your phone for when that alone time arrives. That way you are ready to make the most of it. You can ask about school. Friends. Favorite show right now. Or song. Ask about their toys and interests. Their favorite school subject and their least favorite. The best thing they ate today or this week. Talk about the weather. Their clothing or your clothing. Literally anything!
- Keep that phone turned off! Delegate a couple hours each night when you are free of electronics.
Prepare YOURSELF ahead of time by having clothing on hand that can not only handle all the errands and activities but that you also feel comfortable enough to move around, wrestle, bend down, hug, and play with your kids! Like these Lee Jeans from JCPenney.
I don’t have a lot of time to put outfits together and get ready, so having these Lee jeans on hand has helped me simplify my life so much. Let’s have a moment of silence for Dream Jeggings I can wear all day without feeling like I need to change into leggings AND jeans that make my booty look good. They are so flattering!
These jeans really move with me, throughout all of my mom moments. From feeding Henry to pushing Reagan on the swing, these are jeans I can be playful in. Lee jeans are available at JCPenney, where I can run in and out and grab exactly what I need–and maybe some extra goodies too since the prices are so good! HA. They have a variety of on-trend pieces at great price points including these jeans from Lee that retail for $34.99 (prices may vary).
We all have our crazy. Our movements and moments. Our days filled with chaos. But, that doesn’t mean our jeans have to make us feel even crazier. Get on those comfortable Lee jeans and rock your crazy non-stop life.