With all this talk of Movember I loved this post on Kids Spot on Mumvember….
1. Plan a picnic dinner. Whether on the lounge-room floor or a park nearby. Pack a picnic and eat dinner the fun way.
2. Scream-free zone. Go a whole day without yelling or raising your voice at your kids.
3. Give yourself a time-out. Sneak ten minutes of me-time. Read a magazine. Paint your nails. Drink a cup of tea child-free.
4. Bake something. Make a deliciously naughty chocolate cake, and you have permission to lick the beaters.
5. Kiss your sleeping babies. Sneak a kiss while your kids are sleeping. Soak up the precious moment.
6. Tell a mum you care. Write a note or email to a mum you admire. Share the love around.
7. Make an effort Monday. Put on a lick of lipstick or do something special with your hair. You’ll feel and look beautiful.
8. Leave your kids a love note. Pop a picture or some words in their lunchbox, or beside their bed.
9. Make a date with yourself. Find a day this month and put it in your diary to do something special for you.
10. Take a photo of the kids and make sure you’re in it! Set the timer, or ask a friend to take a pic.
11. Rock on! Set the timer and play your most motivating music for 30 minutes while you give the house a quick clean!
12. Listen to your kids. Today when the kids talk, really listen. Stop what you’re doing, give them eye contact and really pay attention.
13. Have a bubble bath. When the kids are tucked in to bed, run a big bath with loads of bubbles. Stay in ’til your toes go wrinkly.
14. Break your own rules. Jump on the bed. Spend the day in your PJs. Have fun by breaking your own rules with the kids.
15. Read your favourite childhood book. Grab a copy of your favourite kid’s book and read it to your little ones.
16. Play! Forget the laundry for a moment and get down on the floor to play. Swing on the swings. Jump on the trampoline. Play!
17. Make a date with your partner. Organise a babysitter and set aside a date for a romantic dinner (even if it’s just a cheap meal!)
18. French fry Friday. We know they’re naughty but once a while won’t hurt. Buy them or make them!
19. Be an active mum. Take half an hour out with the kids. Walk around the block, get on your bike or play around at the park.
20. Be spontaneous. Don’t tell your kids what the day holds, instead surprise them with fun adventures along the way.
21. Have a reverse meal. Eat dessert first and then have dinner.
22. Call your mum. Let her know you love her. Treat your mum as you hope your kids will treat you when they grow up.
23. Decorate your fridge door. Give your kid’s artwork pride of place on the fridge door, and update the photos while you’re at it!
24. Turn it off! Switch off the TV, turn off the radio, switch your phone to silent and turn off your computer. Give your kids your undivided attention.
25. Wear something different. Take off your mum uniform and wear something different, a dress, a colourful top or something else that makes you smile.
26. Plan a play-date. Organise a play-date with another mum that you like and want to get to know better.
27. Write a letter and post it. Kids love getting mail. Write your kids a letter and post it in the mail. Watch their surprise as they receive a letter!
28. Use your secret talent. Can you juggle, balance on your head, sing, dance, sew or craft? Share your talent with your kids!
29. Let the kids play mum. Swap roles with the kids for half a day and let them play mum and you play kids.
30. Treat yourself. Buy your favourite magazine, a cup of coffee or a something sweet and take half an hour to celebrate being a fun mum.
So who’s joining me? There’s a hashtag on Twitter #mumvember and you can also let Kids Spot know how you’re going on the 30 day challenge… go go go…