This may sound like a funny title, but how many times have you moms out there felt like running away from home to some remote place where no one could find you. I’m talking about during those times when the kids are tearing the house apart, your tired and stressed, and your husband is somewhere acting like he can’t hear what’s going on.
We’ve all been there, and it’s enough to make you want to pack up and disappear…no matter how much you love your family we all have a limit!
Okay, seriously, I would never leave my family but I can’t speak for everyone out there. Some moms are so unhappy and burnt out that dreaming about being somewhere else all the time is definitely becomes a threat to their marriage and family life.
In this article I’m not going to get into what moms should do to feel better (that’s a whole other article) but I will get into what other family members can do to make mom feel like staying around.
So, Dads, husbands, boyfriends, Fiancés, kids big and small, and whoever else lives at home with mom, listen up…this one is for you!
Mom works hard to make the home a special place for you, so its nice to make her feel like staying around to continue to do so for a few more years. Here’s how:
Don’t Take Mom For Granted
Let her know she’s appreciated for who she is and everything she does to make your life a little easier.
How? Tell her…Say “Thank you” once in a while. Buy her a card, write a small letter, email her, text her, facebook her, whatever…it’s all good and will make her feel special.
Oh, and flowers are nice too!
Lend A Helping Hand
Help mom out once in a while (or more like as often as you can). Clean up after yourselves, do the dishes, offer to cook a meal, pick up the groceries, or even do some laundry here and there. A little help goes a long way.
Give Mom A Break
This is especially for you husbands. Take the kids for a while (like a week – ok, maybe just a few hours) and let mom have some time for herself. Even if it’s in the next room. A few hours of peace and quiet will make mom very happy and refreshed so that she can take even better care of all of you later!
“If Mommy gets time to rest, Everyone gets her best!” Remember that!
Listen To Her
I know I’ve stumped you on this one. This is may just be the hardest thing out of everything on this list for you, but believe me, it’s actually the easiest!
When mom asks you to do something take the time, stop what you’re doing, and listen.
Stop, Look, and Listen.
Keep a small notebook with you to write down what she’s telling you if it helps. Why are you laughing? I’m serious here.
And when she wants to talk with you about something she says is important, give her your full attention. This will go a long way…then maybe she won’t have to repeat herself 20 times a day-therefore sounding like a nag if you just make it a priority to listen the first time!
It takes practice, but you will improve with time : )
No explanation needed here…..
So, if you’re a mom on the verge of running away from home, pass this on to all the special people in your life who live in your home and are old enough to read! Dads, share this with your other fellow Dads (I can guarantee you’ll be glad you did!).