I remember when I was pregnant the first time and how excited my mom and mother in law were to throw me a baby shower. The idea behind a baby shower is to help the expectant mom get prepared, however what moms really need is support and products for her,not the babe. Babies need very little in the early weeks and months postpartum. Some diapers, some onesies and some baby cloths. Ok, the cute outfits can be hard to resist but ultimately, babes need little and moms need a lot. Many cultures around the world practice Mother Roasting or Mother Warming.
Limiting screens in your home or being totally screen-free may require a little bit of pre-planning. By giving them small opportunities to entertain themselves, you are building their play and independent activity centers in their brain. By giving them screens when you need to focus on something else, you are denying them the opportunity to learn how to entertain themselves and making it more likely you will need screens in other situations. Screen-Free Dinner Preparation. Keeping some engaging projects in the kitchen has allowed me to cook whenever I need to, sans screens. Parents often need a few moments to shower and get ready for their day. If they have an earlier riser, they may choose a screen to make this happen.
Those precious days when hubby offers to look after the kids, or when they can manage to find a good babysitter. Weekends where the kids may be dropped off to their doting grandparents. But one of the most overlooked and underrated of private times just might be shower time. Indeed, without knowing it, moms do all sorts of things in the shower.
You know the panic you feel when you wake up late and realize you only have 10 minutes to get ready in order to be at work on time? Those showers are the worst. And that urgent, panicked, altogether horrible feeling you have while you wash yourself as fast as humanly possible? Us parents are lucky to have 5 minutes in order to finally address our own hygiene.