There are a few things I’ve learned to do when it’s just me and the kids for extended days and nights.
Being a coach’s wife is generally not glamorous and requires lots of sole parenting on my end. It absolutely kills Spencer to take long trips for recruiting because he misses us so badly, but such is the nature of the beast. (By the way, military spouses, YOU are amazing. My sole parenting duties pale in comparison to yours.)
Solo with the Kids
There truly isn’t an off season in collegiate baseball, so year round I’m accustomed to long weekends where it’s just me.
1. Plan uncomplicated activities
Getting everyone out of the door and in the car is an adventure in itself, right? Although I’m close to Chicago and many attractions, I’m not attempting that on my own with a 3 year old and 8 month old just yet.
This past weekend, we visited a local farm which also hosts a farmer’s market. Boom. Two for one.
Jada absolutely loves Wagner Farm. It’s a small space for kids, easy to get to, and FREE.
We live about 25 minutes from Northwestern University and Lake Michigan, so we one morning we walked the lake loop.
I met up with another coach’s wife flying solo. Got to stick together!
This is another FREE activity that’s pretty easy to manage with the kids. I prefer outdoor activities with the kids, so this may appear boring to some, but we are perfectly content…until a toddler meltdown. Oye.
2. Go Grocery Shopping Without the Kids Before (If you can)
It’s so much easier to get in-and-out with a haul of groceries sans kids, am I right? This last trip, Spencer made a late night run for the essentials. I don’t mind going with the kids, but if I can avoid it, I do. I should preface this with the fact that I hate shopping for anything in general. Hello Amazon Prime.
3. Make Time to Workout
I don’t care how tired I am am from getting up multiple times to soothe a teething baby or to get a drink of water for a toddler at 3 a.m. (what the hell?!), I’m going to work out.
I can usually make this happen during Cole’s morning nap. If not, I do something when both kids are taking an afternoon nap. That’s not ideal, but I tell myself to just do 10 minutes and eventually 20 or maybe even 30 minutes happens.
I’ve talked about it before, but I’m simply a better mom when I carve out this time. I immediately feel energized and have a sense of accomplishment. Plus, I also test programming for my VIP clients and Elite Boot Camp and have more focus when I head to the computer later.
This is also when I film exercise demos on my YouTube channel or for Instagram. By the way, do you guys like to follow me on the new IG stories feature or Snapchat? I want to streamline my social media, because mom life.
What are your favorite activities for toddlers?
Do you like grocery shopping?