14 January 2011
How do you do it? series...
Mommy Question #1 How do you take a shower with two little kids?
For me, taking a shower is a necessity. It is imperative! I don't feel ready to face the day til after my shower, if I had to choose between coffee and a shower, it'd be a shower! And that is saying a lot because I love coffee. As you know, I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old, and I don't feel comfortable leaving them alone together while I shower. Since Julia was about 2 I've been leaving her alone to watch a video while I take my shower. I would put Mark in his crib to either take a nap or play and I would shower. Not a long luxurious shower, but a nice 5-10 minute one, do my hair, brush my teeth, and get dressed for the day. As Mark has gotten older he now usually just snuggles with his blanket or stands and waits for me to get him, but both my kids know this routine and they both obey. There is no tears, no fuss, Julia says, "Mom, you gotta take your shower?" And I say, yes, let her pick a video and go.
Julia also sometimes goes to the potty on her own during this time, because I've heard the toilet flush and the door open and close...and I'm tickled pink that she is getting so independent. Then she goes right back downstairs and waits for me.
Establishing a routine, sticking to it, and setting expectations for your kids is very important. Don't feel like you can't take care of yourself because you have small children. They are great at getting used to structure and being independent.
But, you also have to know your own kids well enough to say, "That wouldn't work for us." If your child doesn't sit still during a video, or climbs out of their crib then this won't work for you, but maybe there are other options (like showering at night when Dad's home). Whatever works for your family is what is best.
Tune in next Friday for: How do you have dinner ready and a clean house with little ones to care for?