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A Teacher's Guide to Surviving Summer with Your Children

Guest author Regina O'Hara is one of our most dedicated members, and she attends workouts all summer (and when she's off during the school year!) on a Teacher's Pass. Regina participates in Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and Body Back at here Fit4Mom Severn. She's a terrific mom of three, and was recently featured in What's Up? Magazine as an inspirational leader in the classroom.


The posters are down, the grades are in, the pencil sharpener is empty. It’s summertime, and the livin’ is about to be easy.

And then you realize that you have small children. Small children who need things. All. The. Time. I mean, how many snacks can a toddler possibly need? Didn’t you JUST have goldfish, kid?

And don’t get me started on babies with the crying and the pooping and nursing – so high maintenance, AmIRight?

Don’t get me wrong, I love mommyhood, but it is HARD WORK.

If you can relate to any of this, then let me offer a vital piece of advice for this summer: take the time to feed yourself.

Feed yourself mentally – Read a book, read a blog, learn something new, find a fresh perspective, grow as an individual. Not only will you feel accomplished, you will also have some great new material at the dinner table.

Feed yourself emotionally – Snuggle with those adorable babies and watch cartoons in the morning. Make a point to schedule time for yourself! Vent to a friend when you’re irritable. Smile at a stranger. Be positive even when you don’t have the energy for it.

Feed yourself spiritually – Wake up to a song that will pump you up and set the tone for the day! Before you get out of bed, take a cleansing breath and think about the good things in your life. For some that might mean prayer, for others that might be intentional gratitude – whatever it is, count your blessings! End the day in quiet meditation (not on your cellphone/iPad/other device). Think about what you’ve accomplished and what you’d like to focus on tomorrow.

Feed yourself physically – This is where I tend to the drop the ball as busy mom. So often we often try to make the best physical/dietary choices for our babies, but we neglect our own bodies! Don’t forget the most powerful examples are the ones that are SEEN by our children. When my kids see me prioritizing my health through exercise and eating real food, I like to think they are empowered to make those choices themselves. Oh, and get some sleep.

My youngest son was born this past May, so this summer will be the first that I’m home with three children. I won’t lie, I’m a little nervous. But, I’m hopeful that by keeping this advice in mind, I’ll be able to arrive at school in the fall with renewed energy, focus, and enthusiasm. Bring on summer!