After my husband died, one of my best friends gave me a pair of Wonder Woman pajama pants. They were meant to be symbolic: it was time to put on my Wonder Woman pants and get the job done.
I love those pants. Every time I put them on, I see myself as a brave, strong, powerful mom ready to handle whatever comes. (Just wish I could wear them to work!)
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There have been times in the past couple of years that I’ve wanted to crawl into bed, pull the covers up, and hide out for a few days. I can get overwhelmed when there are too many responsibilities sitting on my shoulders. And sometimes, I’m the one that has signed up for those extra responsibilities. But so far, I’ve been able to resist the temptation to stay under the covers.
Here is what helps me to get out of bed every day and fight evil!! (or, walk the dog, do the dishes, make the money…)
Just like Wonder Woman has her super human abilities (strength, speed, durability), single moms have a few super powers as well:
- Strength – At night, when you think about your day, remember to look at what you’ve accomplished. Not everyone can do what you do.
Never forgot to take care of yourself; your children need you to be healthy and happy: physically strong and mentally strong.
Here are some simple health tips for keeping up our super-human-single-mom strength:
- Go to bed an hour earlier than usual.
- Add veggies to everything!
- Squeeze in a quick strength workout.
- Go for a walk.
- Stay hydrated.
- Durability: you have the ability to withstand wear, pressure, or damage. You learn from your past, and you use that information to make a better tomorrow.
We can go from frustration and stress to pure happiness in ten seconds flat when we come home and our little ones throw their arms around us. We can whip up a quick dinner of Mac and Cheese and have everyone around the kitchen table in 12 minutes or less. We can make breakfast, drop the kids at school, and still make it to work on time.
If the one thing you always seem to be short on is time, check out these time time management tips.
Every day successes are your triumphs, your victories! Nothing is easy as a single mom, so be proud of your battles that you’ve won!
Wonder Woman has powerful tools: the lasso of truth, indestructible bracelets, a boomerang tiara, sword and shield.
Well, you have tools too.
You have a bionic heart– it’s been broken, but it continues to beat. When you look at your kids, it has the amazing ability to swell to ten times its original size with pure love. Enjoy your kids, their smiles, their giggles.
Friends. Friends are powerful tools when it comes to our emotional well-being. We all ‘need a little help from our friends.’ Go out on a girls night, and have grown-up conversation and laughs.
Hobbies. Having a hobby can reduce our stress levels, thereby making us happier, and our happiness can rub off on our kids. Happy kids are the ultimate proof of being a wonder mom. But where do we find the time to indulge in hobbies?
Depending on what you enjoy doing, consider finding a way to include your kids. Do you like to read? Read them a chapter of your favorite book each night. Do you like to sew or make crafts? I bet they would love to help. Painting? Set up an easel right beside yours, because what kid doesn’t love to get their hands covered in paint?
Chances are, you are already a wonder woman to your children. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and take stock of who we are, and what we accomplish every single day.
Do you have any super-human-single-mom strengths, or tips on being a Wonder Woman to your kids? Please comment below!