It’s time again for Made with Love and this month I’m taking time out for myself and handing over the post to Susan from Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers with some great ideas for Take Time for yourself to be a better Mom.

Susan writes on one of my favourite blogs aimed at both teachers and parents of preschoolers and kindergarten aged children and is sharing some ways to take time for yourself this coming month. Enjoy!

The Happy Mommy Handbook Review
It is an honor to guest post on Rainy Day Mum, one of my favorite blogs. I love how Cerys shows so many ways to play with her children giving wonderful examples of how children learn through play. As a former kindergarten teacher, I was surprised at how many children came to school without ever having used paint, playdough, scissors, glue and markers. It made me sad they were spending so much time in front of television and electronic gadgets when they should have been developing gross and fine motor skills.

There were many days when I taught school that I felt like I was The Queen of Crafts. Everyday the children had opportunities to create and wonderful books were extended with crafts or art. Now I have semi-retired my glue gun and only get it out to burn my fingers at Christmas time or to mend a broken toy for the grandchildren. So I don’t really have a craft to show you unless these partially finished flip-flops count.

Made with Love
I have no idea where the other shoe is at this time!

I think the intent of Made with Love is to show how moms can, and should, do something relaxing that they enjoy. When I asked my husband, “What do I do to relax?”

He answered, “You watch the sunrises on the back porch.”

And he is right. We moved to the country four years ago and built a house on former cow pasture. The sunrises are beautiful with different cloud formations and an amazing array of colors. I try and get up before everyone else so I can have some alone time on our back porch. Often I think about how I will write my next post. Everything seems to come together for me in the mornings before everyone else is awake.  After that, the day starts to unravel with interruptions, demands, cooking, laundry and “Where’s This? Where’s That?… I forgot to tell you what’s her name wants you to call her” and on and on. Young mums have it more difficult. You are probably so desperate for sleep that you can’t imagine getting up any earlier. Here are some other ways to pamper yourself so that you can be a more nurturing mom.

Taking time for yourself
“Pet” Hummingbirds require little maintenance.


  • Take a shower or bubble bath – by yourself
  • Take a nap while children are napping
  • Read a book – just for yourself
  • Cook something you enjoy eating
  • Take time to be with your friends
  • Exercise, dance, do yoga, stretch, take deep breaths and focus inward
  • Say a mantra, “I am enough. I am a wonderful mother. I love my precious children and they love me.”
  • Give your child 15 minutes of uninterrupted one-on-one time, a hug, tell them you love them, then guide them to an independent play activity.
  • Take time for a date with your hubby. Swap babysitting or go out late after the kids are asleep. It may be easier to talk, or beg, someone into babysitting if the kids are already in bed.
  • Focus on the Positive – keep a Blessings Journal or write happy notes and stick them in a jar to read when you need comfort or you wonder “Whose child is this?”
If you are just too exhausted to squeeze in any alone or pampering time, then remember that your children will remain young only a short time before they are off to school and you will wonder where these short years flew. So just try and relax and find the joy in the everyday moments of having little children who look up to you, imitate you, are amazed at those marvelous crafts you create with them, and are in awe of the many things you can do.
Susan’s blogs at Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents & Teachers. She is the author of Kindergarten: Tattle-Tales, Tools, Tactics, Triumphs and Tasty Treats for Teachers and Parents and co-author The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn.Katie Norris blogs at Mommy with Selective Memory. Their book begins each chapter with a Mom’s Dilemma followed by Teacher’s Perspective with an explanation of how the activities which follow will benefit your child – saving your sanity one project at a time. You can view the first chapter in their book by clicking below.

Let Children Experience Childhood.

Now onto this months linky with myself,, Mommy Labs and Colours Dekor – please add any post that you have done yourself, whether a craft, recipe (I would love to see some of these as love food), home makeover, gardening project etc…. basically your me time activity.

It would be great if you could either grab our badge from the sidebar on the right and insert into the post that you link or somewhere on your blog or leave a text link back to us – also check out our Made with Love pinterest board where all posts linked up area added.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. What a thoroughly lovely post. You’re so right, it’s often easy to overlook the importance of time to ourselves as mums. But these are all fantastic tips for ways to inspire mums to find a little of time to themselves in a hectic day. You’ve certainly inspired me anyway! x

  2. I love all those tips… But honestly sometimes I think 24 hours is simply not enough for me.. Saying that.. I’ve been thinking of some things on the list.. and will surley give it a go.. and maybe.. the next made with love.. will have ‘my secrets’ on how to make 2 more hours from your 24.. *smiles*.. only if..

  3. Hi!!
    These are lovely and much needed ideas to be a sane mum!! I do follow a couple of these and will try out the others!!
    Thanks for sharing and hosting the party 🙂

  4. Hi Cerys and Susan!!
    I love this post and all advices you give us, iam confessing to take weekly bubble baths together with my little girl and we enjoy that so much!

    With Love,

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