To all mothers: Be bold, put YOURSELF first for once!

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You have sacrificed so much for your husband and children, but when was the last time you focused on your own wants and needs? This International Women's Day, remember that you are important too, so be bold and put YOURSELF first!

6. Read a (grown-up) book

After reading your child the story of, “Goodnight Moon” or “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” for the 10th time and you’ve tucked her into bed, it’s time for you dust off that book you’ve been meaning to read for the past few months.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Reading is a wonderful way to forget about your daily worries, relax and unwind.”

So the next time you’re at the library with your little one, check out a few new books for yourself as well for some light reading before your own bedtime.

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Bake yourself a batch of delicious cranberry muffins to enjoy with a soothing cup of tea

7. Add cranberries to your diet

Sometimes mums are so busy that we actually forget to eat, drink enough water or even go to the toilet!

That’s a pretty bad habit and can lead to a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), which is a common occurrence in women where the risk increases after giving birth and especially after undergoing a caesarean section.

Drinking cranberry juice or snacking on some craisins (dried cranberries) can help prevent UTIs, decrease your use of UTI antibiotics, and it also has other health benefits.

Toss some craisins into your breakfast cereal or yogurt, sprinkle it on your salad, add it to your home-made cookies and cakes, or whip up some tasty kid–friendly treats to enjoy with the whole family!

8. Go on a hot date

Now that you’re parents, your love life may be a little lacklustre — but it’s important to set aside some alone time with your husband and plan a fun night out every now and then.

Skip the Dreamworks animations and catch an R-rated movie, forget about fast food and dine at a romantic restaurant, throw those tattered sweatpants in the wash and put on that gorgeous new dress you recently purchased instead.

It’s time to add the sparks back to your marriage and get reconnected with your partner!

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Find your “tribe” of mummy friends who you enjoy hanging out with

9. Find your mummy tribe

Forget the girl squad, now that you have a little one to take care of 24/7, you need to be brilliant and connect with your mummy tribe for support, advice and to swap parenting horror stories.

It’s great to have some friends who are also mothers because when your kids meet up for playdates, you can connect with these women and vent or just have an adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around Elmo or Dora.

They are also the ones who will be quick to jump in and help (instead of judge you) when your tot is having a major meltdown or tantrum in public!

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Mums — you are bold, brave and brilliant!

10. Remember who YOU are

Just because you are somebody’s wife and somebody’s mother now, this doesn’t mean you have stopped being YOU.

Continue to do the things that you love, dress the way that you like, hang out with people who make you smile, eat the foods you crave, and go to places you’ve always dreamed of.

Although you have multiple roles to play, don’t ever lose your identity as a woman.

 

Happy International Women’s Day to all mothers out there — always remember to be bold, brave and brilliant! Share this article with your mummy friends as a loving reminder for them to take care of themselves too

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