15 things you can do if you’re having a bad Mum day

April 22, 2018

Having a bad Mum day? We’ve all been there.

Your baby wakes in the night, you’re shattered, the toddler has a tantrum at 7 am. That kind of day. You get to 3 pm and you have no idea how you’re going to make it to bedtime.

If you’re having a bad Mum day here are 15 idea’s to help you ‘shake it off’ and get through to bedtime!

15 things you can do if you’re having a bad Mum day

  1. Find their favourite snacks and put on their favourite program (if they’re old enough). Make sure they’re safe and walk away for five minutes, just to get some breathing space – you’ll feel so much better for getting away from the situation.
  2. Get outside. Fresh air really helps everyone – the kids and you. We always go for a walk if it’s all getting a bit too much.
  3. Jump in the car and go somewhere, even it’s the park. The getting in and out will buy you time and it means you’re out of the house.
  4. Get out into the garden and let everyone burn off some steam.
  5. Turn the radio on and dance, there is something about music that makes everyone happy!
  6. Go easy on yourself, not every day is amazing with little ones, if they watch TV it doesn’t matter, be kind to yourself and don’t try to do everything!
  7. Remember that your track record for surviving bad Mum days is 100%, you’re doing pretty well so far!
  8. Take a deep breath and remind yourself you’re doing an amazing job.
  9. If you have friends nearby see if you can meet them, talking to another adult always helps!
  10. Send an SOS to your partner to bring home chocolate! It will give you something to look forward to.
  11. Even just leaving the room 5 mins to make a cup of tea can help. Think things through clearly and then go back in with a plan of attack!
  12. If you’re exhausted, try and nap when your little ones do, leave the chores for tomorrow.
  13. Call someone, I always Facetime my Mum and it takes my mind off things for a while and the girls love talking to her!
  14. If you get help in the evening have a bath or some time to yourself to recharge!
  15. Get to bed early, you’ll feel like you can tackle so much more the next day.

Remember we’ve all been there and you’re not alone. Today might be hard but the likelihood is tomorrow will be so much easier.


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  • Reply Siobhan | The Baby Boat Diaries April 26, 2018 at 6:03 am

    These are great tips! I’m at home at the minute with 2 under 3 and it can be tough going at times! x

  • Reply Sara @ Magical Mama Blog April 26, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Brilliant tips! The thought that you have survived 100% of bad days is a great reminder! Getting out of the house is a huge one for me. Even if it’s to go to Target and make laps for an hour and not buy anything, my little one gets easily distracted by the environment and it gets our minds off of the tough day.

    • Reply Sarah April 28, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Yes definitely the 100% thing is always in my mind! Thanks for reading xx

  • Reply This Scribbler Mum April 26, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Great tips! Definitely some TV helps. Also putting music on and going on FaceTime with family are my favourites. #Thursdayteam

    • Reply Sarah April 28, 2018 at 7:29 am

      I never feel bad about a little TV! Thanks for reading x

  • Reply Kirsty April 30, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Love this post. The amount of times I have sent a chocolate SOS is embarrassing. A little fresh air really does work miracles even on the worst days x x

  • Reply Nicola April 30, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve had many an emergency cup of coffee with friends when I’ve been at the end of my tether! It helps to get out of the house and chat through things with someone that understands! #thursdayteam

  • Reply Helena May 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that we are not alone in this. Getting outside certainly helps as does eating the right thing and drinking plenty of water. #ThursdayTeam

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