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“If You Give a Mom a Martini”

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Here’s my assessment of Mother’s Day when you have small kids. In my case, boys. Two of them. 18 months apart. Under the age of 5. Mother’s Day is the place where aspiration meets reality.
My husband aspired to give me a break yesterday. I aspired to relax. But in reality, it didn’t quite happen.
Sure, they let me sleep in. (Thank you! Thank you!) And yes, they made an awesome pancake breakfast. (Loved the flowers.) But one parent is not enough to handle these two steamrollers, so I decided to tag along on their trip to Central Park. One massive toddler meltdown and a near collision with a golf cart collecting trash later, we retreated home. I never made it to the yoga studio.
Over the past few years, I’ve slowly come to terms with the fact that “down time” is something to catch as catch can. If you’ve got a half an hour to yourself… take advantage of it. Don’t wait for that free afternoon. It’s hard to find, and even when you do, it might be fleeting.
A new book embraces this very notion. “If You Give a Mom a Martini” has tips for making the most of your free time. The subtitle…”100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes For Yourself”… says it all.
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The book is co-authored by Julie Klappas and Lyss Stern (with a foreword by Christie Brinkley). Full disclosure… Lyss organized my first speaking engagement when my book came out.
Give a Mom a Martini is a quick read and has the usual suggestions of taking a nap and getting a manicure. But it goes further, and may even leave you chuckling at some of the pointers… I liked the idea of using a baby mop. Unfortunately my kids are too old. I think buying a lottery ticket is a good way to day dream… so I’ve done that. And I’m planning on decluttering our mailbox by trying out catalogchoice.org.

All in all, even if you only have ten minutes of peace and quiet, this book is all you really need. Just lock the bathroom door and tell the kids you’ll be right out. Soon. When you’re ready. After all, shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day.



One Response to ““If You Give a Mom a Martini””

Finding a little downtime during the day is worth a lot. Having a good laugh during that precious few moments…priceless! Thanks for the link to Baby Mop. It made me laugh out loud!

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