Memory For Mommies

... Cutting through the Fog of Motherhood

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Memory Help

A Checklist For Staying Organized

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Organization is a key component for moms to maintain control of their memory and sanity. Yet staying organized is one of the major issues that moms struggle with once a child is born. At first, organizational challenges are wrapped around proper coordination with the spouse and/or other resources. But as the child gets older it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain an organized household primarily due to the child’s burgeoning schedule. Here are some tips to staying organized from famed household writer and mommy, Bonnie Rice.

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Reduce Mommy Stress to Improve Memory

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Stress is an issue that all mommies deal with. It impacts their mental state, relationships with loved ones, and their ability to be effective. According to Dr. Michelle Borba 70% of U.S. moms say mothering is incredibly stressful. And 96% also feel that they are far more stressed than their own mothers were. In addition, many doctors agree that chronic stress creates problems in learning and memory.

Mommies’ lives are filled with stress inducing elements including time demands, financial issues, relationship demands, self doubt, not enough alone time, protective instincts, and others. Too many moms just hold it in and let the stress eat them up from the inside. Consequently, the memory struggle is exacerbated which creates more stress until things become unbearable.

The best medicine for mommies is to be proactive and offload some of that stress on a regular basis.  Below are some mother recommended steps that will help you reduce stress and improve the quality of your life.

 

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Lack of Sleep Impacts Mommy Memory and Effectiveness

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“Being the parent of a new baby can quickly sap your strength and keep you wandering aimlessly in a land of not-enough-sleep.” - Heather Gaither

 

“Before I was a Mom - I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth every day.” - Unknown

 

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep." - W.C. Fields 

 

Ah sleep! Yes, it is a basic fundamental need of all humans.  Yes, lack of sleep is an issue that mommies have struggled with since time began.  And yes, that lack of sleep impacts moms on many levels including their effectiveness as a parent.

 

A recent nationwide survey found that 52 percent of America's moms feel that more sleep would make them better parents and 65 percent feel they would be happier. In addition, data from the 500 mom survey, conducted by Braun Research, reported that 54 percent of the moms expressed that they were not getting enough sleep. Full-time working moms suffered the most (59 percent versus 48 percent of stay-at-home moms), with 50 percent getting six or fewer hours of sleep per night.

 

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Exercise - Does Baby Lifting Count?

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“Exercise, what exercise? Who has time?  Can I get fit through baby lifting?”

 

Mommies struggle with fitness every single day. They have to make choices because their time is so limited.  In our 2006-2007 survey, 67.1% of the moms felt that they didn’t get enough exercise. Is that so hard to believe?

 

Hey, the demands of motherhood are harsh.  It’s extremely challenging for mommies to maintain their physical well-being.  The child seems to need support almost every waking moment and then once the child is sleeping mom must play catch-up on all the things she hasn’t done.  Even if they’re fortunate enough to have hired help, mommies still have many things that must get done and only so much time. What’s the first thing that’s sacrificed? Exercise! 

 

“Spending hours satisfying the kids and others: lifting, rushing, organizing and other things keep me busy enough.  By the end of the day, that glass of wine and the couch looks a lot more tempting than running to the gym.”

 

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