From my earliest childhood days we had a cat in our family. I remember squatting down next to the cat while he lapped water from his dish and trying to figure out how in the world he could drink water with his tongue! I love to watch cats and try to figure out what they are thinking and why they act the way they do. From my lifetime of living with my cats, here are…
10 Simple Things My Cats Taught Me to be a Better Mom
1 Spend Time Grooming Yourself Everyday So You Look Your Best
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Oh, it’s so easy to stay in your jammies in the morning and maybe even into the afternoon, but preparing for the day and getting dressed and doing your hair and makeup will help you be more successful at getting things done throughout the day. The Flylady suggests that getting dressed to shoes is the single most important thing you can do in your day to help you have a clean house and get things done. Take the time to look your best. Your family loves to see you looking your best and you can be successful when you start the day on the right foot.
2 Play Every Day
Find something that captures your attention and interest and spend time refreshing your mind with creativity. Play with your kids. Take them to the park, play a game, laugh and read a funny story. Laughter is good for the soul and playing, whether physically or mentally, is an excellent way to recharge your brain and help you have a positive outlook on life. Take time to do something that is relaxing or rejuvenating for you as well. When your mind and soul is well content and happy, you will be able to enjoy the moments in life that you might otherwise miss when you are not rested and content.
3 Enjoy Nature
Take time everyday to enjoy nature. Watch the birds, rabbits, squirrels or anything else that moves outside the window. My cats are indoor cats who feel like they are very powerful and fierce. They spend hours watching the birds at the bird feeder and occasionally even chatter at the deer and rabbits in the back yard. Spending time enjoying nature every day helps to reset your brain from the electronic world we live in and helps you feel more rested and relaxed. Hang up a bird feeder by your window, plant a flower box or patio pot with flowers or veggies. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
4 Love Your People
Take every opportunity to show your love to those around you. Sit close to them, hold hands, hug, and just spend time being near your family. Life can get so busy that if you aren’t intentional, you may find that opportunities to touch and love your family can slip by without you realizing it. Your children grow up very quickly and your spouse may get busy so be intentional about loving your people everyday!
5 Talk To Your People
Put your phone down, close Facebook and Instagram, turn off the TV and talk to your people. Instead of texting, make a phone call or stop by and visit your friends and family and take time each day to talk to the ones who are important to you. Face to face conversation with your spouse and children is critical for building strong relationships. Take time to look into their eyes and really listen to what they are saying. Take time to hear their heart and see their emotions.
6 Stand Up To The Things That Scare You
Fluff out your tail and arch your back. You can do this! As a mom, there are going to be lots of things in life that are scary. You have a choice to run and hide or stand up and face your fears. The more you face your fears and move forward, the easier it gets to be strong. Surround yourself with people who support you and will help you to be strong.
7 Take a Nap
Rest when you’re tired – especially in the sunshine. A mother’s job never ends and some days you just really need a nap! Take care of yourself and get the rest that you need so you can give your best to your family. Some days my cat finds a quiet corner in the closet or under the bed and other days he sleeps on the kitchen chair in the midst of the hubbub. Either way, do what you need to so you can take care of yourself. If momma’s not happy – nobody’s happy and that’s not a fun place to be in. Make sure you are going to bed at night and getting enough rest at night as well so you can set the happy tone in your home.
Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. LIfe is always going to be busy so take time to plan out your menu and grocery shopping so that you will have the nutritional foods that will help you have the optimal health. If you don’t plan ahead, you may find yourself with a crew of starving people and end up eating something that isn’t as healthy just because it’s quick to pull out of the cupboard or freezer.
9 Find a Good Box
I’m not suggesting that you actually get in a box or stay in your box, but do what you can to make your home and your space comfortable and inviting. The funny thing about cats is that as soon as you put a box on the floor, they are determined to get into it. Create that type of space in your home – a place where your kids and your husband love to be. Make it a place that is more fun and more comfortable than anywhere else.
Obviously, we don’t purr like a cat, but when a cat purrs, they often gently close their eyes and give a hint of a smile. This is a sign of contentment. In life, you don’t always get to choose what happens to you but you can choose how you will respond. Choosing to be happy and contented with life, looking for the things to be intentionally thankful for will help you have a happier life. Rather than being stuck in situations, you will be able to shift your thinking to look for the good. Shifting your thinking and taking time to be grateful can totally change your attitude about your situation and help you to see the good things in life rather than the challenges.
There are so many things we can learn from our pets that can help us to live happier, more productive and contented lives. I would love to hear your thougths about these 10 things I’ve learned from my cats. Do these tips help you as a mom? Are there other things that I should add to the list? Drop a comment below and tell me what you think.