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15 rules every mom must have

When insanity strikes, take a deep breath and remember the basics.
Megan Gladwell, FamilyShare Modified: May 6, 2014 at 10:24 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014

We all know that motherhood is selfless, yet satisfying. But it’s also a grimy, painful and sometimes thankless job.

I know a busy mom who volunteers to head up almost every large-scale function at her kids’ school. She’s generous and dependable, consistently carrying out her responsibilities in an organized fashion. However, her health is poor and she suffers from chronic pain.

Since the role of motherhood is so subjective, it can be hard to determine how to be a marvelous mom. For example, some moms thrive on being the PTA superwoman agreeing to tackle every request that relates to their kids. Other moms sink into the shadows taking a less active role in their kids’ lives.

As a mom, strike the right balance for your children and your sanity. Be confident that you are parenting to the best of your ability by adopting these 15 personal rules.

1. Everyone pitches in.

Giving your kids chores and consistently enforcing them helps your children organize their time and learn responsibility.

2. File your nails and pluck your eyebrows.

I once overheard a harried young mom complain that her baby kept her from ever tweezing her eyebrows. That is balderdash. Grant yourself five minutes every now and then to pluck, clip and snip. Baby will be fine.

3. Spruce up your surroundings.

Your home is your domain and it should cheer and comfort you. Barring brand-new furniture or a major renovation, you can add nice, inexpensive touches to your home. Incorporate your favorite colors and styles with throw pillows, fresh paint, flowers and photography.

4. Be a GPS.

Always, always know your kids’ whereabouts. Don’t let them wander through childhood unaccounted for. They owe it to you to report who they are with, what they are doing and where they are – around the clock.

5. You need girlfriends.

Having a miserable day? Connect with a friend. Relationships with other women are comforting, healthy and satisfying. Connect with your friends to laugh, cry and recharge.

6. Really listen.

It’s easy to pretend to listen to your 10-year-old’s playground woes. It takes more effort to really key in and discover your child’s concerns. Your kids notice when you listen, and their trust in you will increase.

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