You might remember having been an artist, a writer, a runner, a swimmer, a book-lover or a globetrotter once—before you became mom, that is. Then, everything else started taking a backseat to being your kids' number one fan. But who says you can't keep on doing what you love to do (aside from being the best at kissing boo-boos away or shouting the loudest hip-hip hooray!) after you've been bestowed the title of “mom?”
Too often we feel guilty about doing “other” things that don't involve dishes or diapers. Don't be. Finding yourself and pursuing your passion doesn't make you less of a mom—it allows you to be one, and more.
Take advantage of “free time” hidden in the nooks and crannies of your busy twenty-four hours to finish a painting, put on your running shoes or pluck your guitar strings and let that feeling of contentment carry you through the day. Some tips to help you get started:
Early in the morning is the perfect time to run, ride a bike, write a fresh idea, or capture a photo.
Nap times are “me-times,” too! Get on with your favorite book or try a new recipe while your toddler is in Slumberland.
Your preschooler is in school for 2 or 3 hours a day? Squeeze in an hour to learn something new yourself – dance, sing or play a sport!
A willing relative to take over chores, run errands or be with the kids is always a welcome reprieve.
Daddy hour. Schedule a regular time for the children to go on a date only with dad. Their bonding time is your time to strut your stuff!
Before you know it, you'll see your kids eyeing your canvas with keen interest, oohing at photos of your latest trek, or cheering you on as you cross the finish line! There's a lot to share when your cup is full. No better way for your kids to learn that than from a happy and fulfilled mom.
About the Author: Rochelle Bonifacio-Prado graduated from U.P. Diliman with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and was a preschool teacher for nine years before she decided to be a work-at-home mom freelance writer. She runs marathons and a happy household with three kids.