The Military mom
“I have leveraged my title as a SAHM. It is an opportunity in disguise to follow my interests and passions and pursue my long forgotten dreams. I have learned to swim; I am training in Martial Arts and volunteering with an orphanage. Being a mother gave me an opportunity to realize there is so much besides a 9 to 5 job. My 4-year-old sleeps at 7.30 p.m. And then it’s time for me to live my passions,” says, Shreya Sangani, 31, Mumbai. Following self-discipline and establishing a structured routine for children is a rule of thumb. Women need not and should not feel guilty and husbands or grandparents for that matter should be supportive.
The ‘In-vogue’ mom
“While I was living overseas me and my friends scheduled play dates, where each one of us took turns to babysit other children,” says, Sharon Lim, Singapore. Wiping other kid’s boogers and making sandwiches is worth it when you know that you can buy few hours a week to either go for a haircut, spa, shopping, outing or immerse yourself in the blue water.
The Secretive mom
“The most highly subscribed to and the most highly viewed channel in my world is Disney Junior and Cartoon Network. And the Celeb who glories in our spotlight is Mickey Mouse and the music that hits my ears throughout the day is the Dora yell, “We did it! We did it!” over and over again. The steamy novel is locked in the closet. And I miss watching ‘Sex and the City’. While my pre-schooler is in school or is off for a nap, I put down my iron, abandon my mop, discard my apron and crawl into my bed,” Says Neha Sharma, 32, New Delhi. Research by Marty Rossman shows, that involving children in household tasks at an early stage can have a positive impact later in life. Let those sparkling eyes witness and allow tiny little hands assist you in ways they can. So convert your free time to me time and your chores time into fun time.
The Autonomous mom
“Many parents believe that they should constantly engage with their children, but that mentality leaves no time for relaxation and creates stress that your kids pick up on,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., co-author of Einstein Never Used Flashcard. “I remember my cousin, who trained her children to remain in one part of the house occupying them with cookies and toys while she finished cleaning the floor,” says, Sharon Lim, Singapore. Training your children to be independent in small tasks like eating and playing can help mothers plan and carve out time for self.