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10 Ways to Relax with Kids at Home

How many times have you thought, “If I have to watch Yo Gabba Gabba one more time…”?  Relaxation is a priority as a parent. It’s just hard to find the “how” at times.

When you are a mom, it is really TOUGH to get time to yourself. This post gives you 10 practical suggestions you can use right now to de-stress around your kids. There have been many times when I’ve simply lost it or wanted to lose it.   While I was researching ways to relax, the first item on many lists was “Get a Good Night’s Rest.”  Once I stopped laughing, I searched further for ways you can calm down when the kids around and not have a mommy meltdown.  You know when you need it.  Those moments when you feel on the brink of complete and utter “I’m going to lose it.”  Next time that you feel an impending meltdown, thy these.

Release Tension

Lay down and breathe deeply

My son had just broken two of my favorite coffee cups.  My daughter kept asking me the same question over and over again.  It was time for a breather (pun intended).  

Controlled breathing is something that kids can do with you.  Lay on your back and put your hands on your diaphragm (right at the base of your ribs).  Breathe in to the count of 5 through your nose.  Hold for 2 seconds and then breathe out through your mouth for the count of 5.  Concentrate on making your hand rise and fall with each breath.  Repeat until you feel some sanity returning. 

The rest of these tips can be found in my e-book:


JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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  1. These are great ideas! It’s important to have ways to chill with the kids and get hyped up with them (to everything there is a season!) You seem to have captured the best of both! 🙂

  2. I love this list. It’s the biggest struggle for me, handling kids. My older sis always left her 2 little boys at home and I end up baby-sitting them. I can’t tell her, that sometimes I get stress while taking care of the kids that I usually need a cup of ashwagandha tea to relax my nerve from shouting at them, I don’t want to upset her though. Let me try these tips then, I really hope it works for those hyperactive big boys. Thank you.

    1. Kids are hard, especially when they are not your own! There are tons of things you can do though if you need help controlling them. One of my favorite parenting books is Positive Discipline A-Z. They list a variety of parenting problems and then solutions to fix the problem. I use it all the time! I hope you find some relaxation (and those boys start behaving!)

  3. I agree – breathing deeply is such an important practice for adults and kids! When I ask my son to breathe deeply and model it for him, I feel the energy in our whole house change. 🙂

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