Zen Mom #Goals

Christy Carlson Romano Yoga Zen Mom Goals

Have you ever thought, wow – that mom is #goals. She’s got it all together. She looks cool, calm and dare we say … collected. Goals carry a little more weight when you’re a parent. Instead of making them just for ourselves, moms often make promises of parental betterment. But, when we don’t follow through on them, it stings doubly. Because #momguilt.

If you’re striving to add a little more tranquility into your daily routine, be sure those goals are realistic. We teamed up with Christy Carlson Romano, an undeniably busy mom with her 2nd baby on the way, to give you five ways moms can get that zen glow with ease in 2019.

Create a Sanctuary

Find a place in or around your home that makes you feel calm. It could be a spare room, the home office, a spot in the backyard or even your car. Keep it stocked with your personal essentials – snacks you love, a few great books, a cozy throw, your favorite scented candle – whatever makes you feel at ease. Now, the next time you do manage to get a few minutes to yourself, your peaceful place is just waiting for you to enter.

Find Your Tribe

Finding someone you can rely on and trust with your baby is a must. Find a couple of those people and you’re even better positioned to add more zen. This could be your mom, your best friend, an in-law, another parent from your neighborhood – someone you can call when you’re really needing a few hours to reconnect with yourself. If it’s another parent, set up a weekly play-date and switch off every week so you both get some time for yourselves. For you, it provides a much needed respite, and for baby, it’s helpful to socialize with other children their age for more balance.

#TreatYoself

We’ve all been there. You’ve got 99 more things left on the ole to-do list that you were hoping to get done that day. But since that’s not going to happen anyway, blow it off and do something you actually enjoy instead. If exercise is your thing, go to the gym or take a yoga class. If you’ve been dreaming about that new dress you saw in the storefront last month, go buy it. If your back feels like elephants have been trampling on it, get a massage. And here the most important part – don’t let yourself fall into the #momguilt zone! Everyone needs a break, and by golly mom – you deserve one. So take it and embrace it. The to-do list will always have something on it, but don’t let it control your mind and make you feel defeated. Make room for a little down time, and in the end, you’ll be in a better mood when you do get to the list.

Pencil it In

You’re busy? Like always? We know the feelings. If you haven’t found a time to treat yo’self yet, pencil in time to relax in the coming days. Set aside an hour or two for yourself every few days and let everyone know ahead of time you won’t be around. Tell your baby daddy you’re getting your hair done on Tuesday or going to see a movie with a friend on Saturday. Arrange for your baby to be with your significant other or with your ‘person’ during that time. If you plan ahead, you’re more likely to follow through and get your ‘me’ time. Plus, it gives you something to look forward to during the week!

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

What’s that book say, it’s all small stuff? That may not be completely true, but we do know that some parents can get wrapped up in micromanaging their children and their every move with worry. Delegate some of that stress to the Universe.  Stress is what causes us to lose our cool so the less we have to stress about, the more zen we’ll become.

You Got This

Moms, this year let’s resolve to make goals that are actually attainable. After all, peace and happiness is what we’re after, not perfection, right?

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Daddy Diaper Doody – Time to “Squat for Change”

Daddy Changing Diaper

Let’s face it, no one ever really wants to change a big ole stinky diaper. And traditionally, it was the mom who took the lead in taking care of baby. It just wasn’t “cool” for a dad to rock, swaddle, feed, bathe or {gasp} change a poopy diaper…until now.

Modern day dads change diapers just like mom. But because society hasn’t quite caught up with modern parenting, that means a lot of men are forced to put their babies on the floors, sinks or countertops in public bathrooms because the men’s room doesn’t have a changing station.

In fact, American fathers today spend nearly triple the amount of time with their kids than previous generations, but too often they find themselves navigating public spaces that don’t see them as parents.

Making Diaper Doody Accessible for Everyone

But, that’s changing. Squat for Change is leading the charge to ensure all members of the family have access to safe, clean changing tables in public restrooms around the world.

Donte Palmer had done it many times – squatted down on the floor in a public restroom, stretched a squirmy child across his lap and changed a dirty diaper. It wasn’t until recently when his 12-year-old son, Isaiah, captured Palmer’s technique in a photo that Palmer said he started to seriously think about it.

Squat for Change

Palmer posted the picture on Instagram and Facebook last month to raise awareness about the issue, and since then thousands of fathers have reached out to show their support – and their own squats. Palmer said that he was shocked by the response, admitting, “I just thought it was a Donte issue.”

It’s not. As The Washington Post reported in 2015, Ashton Kutcher, who was a relatively new father at the time, ranted about the problem on Facebook, saying, “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in men’s public restrooms.”

A Catalyst for Change

Palmer said he wants more businesses to install diaper-changing stations in men’s restrooms. He said men and women should “share an equal playing field” when it comes to parenting.

Squat for Change is a grassroots organization pushing for social and legislative change that ensures no matter which restroom you use, you never have to put your back against a wall to change a baby. Basically, if there’s a public bathroom in a building, there’s at least one changing table that dads can find and use.

Palmer does not want to diminish what mothers do because “they’re the superheroes,” but said he wants fathers – and their role – to be recognized as well.