It's a well-known fact that mothers give most of their attention to the kids at the expense of their own self-care. That means that while the kids get three well-rounded meals of chicken nuggets and french fries, mom convinces herself that her one smoothie a day is enough to sustain her. Who has time for more?
Skin care and bath products used on the kids are well-researched. Nothing chemical or endocrine disrupting here. When mom showers--if she gets a shower--she uses whatever all-in-one body wash happens to be sitting on the bathtub ledge.
The kids are slathered in sunscreen before they leave the house whether you're going to school or the pool. Mom even fills out a permission slip saying that her child's teacher can apply sunscreen before recess.
Where's the permission slip for mom?
Why is it that, as a mother, you often need to remember to give yourself permission to eat, pamper yourself and even take preventative health measures like slathering on sunscreen?
Here's a permission slip for mom
Once you're responsible for raising tiny humans, you get permission to:
- Eat convenience foods more often than you ever thought you would.
- Drink before noon (mimosas, anyone?).
- Use the best quality bath products you can buy (you only use them once a week anyway).
- Spend two hours at the gym just for the free childcare.
- Ask for help when you need it. And you need it.
- Wear makeup and do your hair even when you have nowhere to go.
- Wear pajamas all day.
- Consider makeup with SPF and long sleeved rashguards a satisfactory sun protection routine.
- Consider makeup with SPF and long sleeved rashguards the perfect fashion statement.
- Think about girls' night out as therapy.
If you don't take care of yourself first, you're not going to be able to take care of everyone else.