From dinner and laundry in the evening to calming a child at 3:00 am and heading to work after dropping the kids at school in the morning, moms are on call 24 hours a day. How do we find the time for ourselves? Are we being the best parents we can be? With seven children between the two of us ranging from three months to six years old, we know how hard it can be to find a moment during the day to recharge and regroup.

iiiWe aren’t parenting experts but we are parents. Below are some ideas that have worked for us – and remember mom, don’t be so hard on yourself:

Natalie’s Tips

• Call in reinforcements: In addition to the hubby, my parenting mix includes grandparents, aunties, uncles and my best friend. With four kids under six I have never turned down an offer to get out for a mani-pedi, or a night out with the girls.

• You are not a gourmet chef and that’s okay: Even if you could, who really wants to spend hours on Sunday pre-cooking and planning family dinners for the week? I always have fresh veggies cut up, ready-to-eat fruit, and some easy-to-make meals for the kids. From hummus or guacamole veggie roll ups to cheese cubes and readymade meatball kebabs – my philosophy has always been to balance fresh with prepared. Eating shouldn’t be stressful.

Catherine’s Tips

• The right gear: My kids range from a few months old to five years so having a variety of toys and baby gear is key. Today there are so many innovative options available to help mom connect and grow with her kids. Personally, I am in love with the new 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle ‘N Swing from Fisher-Price. I can control it with the touch of a button on my tablet or phone so I can soothe my newborn back to sleep without taking attention away from playtime with my five and three year old.

• Any time can be mom time: We often think that mom needs to be at a spa or sitting alone in a park with a good book to have her moment, but for many of us that just isn’t realistic. I have redefined my mommy moments to be a bit more tangible. From listening to the music I want while commuting, to setting up a comfy chair with a stack of good magazines in the laundry room – I take the time where I can get the time.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.