Three tips from unstoppable moms
For some mothers, maternal instinct seems to be all they need to care for and raise wonderful children.
However, I needed more than my own meager instincts. I read baby books. I took classes in childbirthing, breastfeeding and baby care. I hired a birth doula. And after the baby came, I looked for good examples — what other moms were doing — for even more help and ideas on mothering.
Three of the unstoppable moms I look to not only set good examples, but they have concrete tips for what moms face on a daily basis. Here is what I’ve learned from them.
From my sister: A household tip
One mother who inspires me is my older sister, Dolores, who has four children. (A fifth passed away at age 8 due to complications from an infection that left him on life support.) She now stays home to watch her three toddler grandchildren (three toddlers at once!) so her own children can continue their education and go to work. Her door always seems to be open to family and friends.
Dolores calls herself the “queen of fighting stains” and taught me one of her laundry tips. Rather than throw out a stained shirt, she clears up stains by turning the clothing inside out, pouring on some detergent and scrubbing it with a brush. Then she lets it sit. Sometimes, she has to soak the stained clothing first or use a stain fighter with hydrogen peroxide in it. Save money by saving clothes!
From my friend: A meal tip
Another unstoppable mom I’m in awe of is my friend “Niu.” Originally from Taiwan, she came to the United States as a child, knows three languages, has a degree in mechanical engineering and gives her family her best all the time, whether it’s helping her mother and husband with their work, couponing to save money or making meals ahead and freezing them.
In fact, Niu led a class of moms in how to make your own pre-made meals like some “make your own dinner” shops do. She makes several batches of one meal and freezes it ahead of time so dinner is as easy as simply re-heating. Or with some recipes, she pulls together small containers/bags of ingredients she has pre-measured and stored so she doesn’t have that tedious task to do when dinner time comes. She simplifies bagging ingredients by putting plastic bags into cups (or bowls) and pulling the upper edge of the bag over the edge of the cup. This keeps the bags open while she goes down the line of cups to add the ingredients. I told Niu she should have her own blog and YouTube channel!
From the coach: “Me” time tip
A third mom I admire is one of my sons’ coaches, “Anna.” She has four children from the ages of 3 to 11, one with special needs. Yet she still works as a coach and competes in races — and she always looks fantastic. I don’t know how she does it! I even told her one day that I’m super impressed with her ability to manage everything, and she said her coaching and training is her outlet.
The running, biking and swimming Anna does is her “me” time, and she has turned this into a coaching job as well. So she is able to do something she enjoys and make money too.
Share your own tips to win
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