10 Quick Tips to Avoid Becoming a Stereotypical Mom
Want to break the "mommy mold" and be your own person? Free yourself from stereotypes with these simple tips.
Be Impractical Once in a While
On-the-go moms appreciate comfortable shoes, but break out those sexy heels and wear them on occasion. “Watch the way people look at you—and the way you feel as a result,” suggests April Masini, advice columnist and author of Think and Date Like a Man.
Simply changing your posture can have enormous effects on your self-esteem and how other people perceive you. Be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid to strut your stuff. Throw your shoulders back, carry yourself with pride and respect!
Refuse to Gossip
If most of your conversations with others begin something like this: “Did you hear about so and so?” it’s time for a change. Try to talk positively about yourself—and those around you.
Don't Fall Prey to Bad Hair
New moms tend to go for the easy-to-manage haircut—you know, the one that requires no styling and looks absolutely blah? Being a mom doesn’t mean you should go for a matronly ‘do. Instead, keep your regular appointments for haircuts and color treatments.
Don't Forget the Makeup
You don’t have to parade around in evening makeup—a bit of lip gloss, eyeliner, and foundation can work wonders.
Unpack the Purse
You’re likely toting plenty of weight each time you pick up your child. Don’t let an overloaded bag put additional stress on your shoulders and back. Cut down on the nonessentials and you’ll find your load lighter—and healthier.
One Loose Clothing Item Per Day
Tempted to wear baggy clothes all the time? Try limiting yourself to one baggy item a day. For example, pair a bulky sweater with tighter jeans. Or add a feminine camisole under a looser shirt.
Relax the Gear
You don’t need to spend oodles of dollars and have every latest parenting gadget to be a good mom. A few favorite gizmos can make parenting fun for you and your baby, but don’t go overboard!
Don't Be Afraid to Be Sexy
Motherhood is a life-changing experience—but that doesn’t mean you have to forego your former sexiness! Instead, gradually reintroduce regular bras and even lingerie into your wardrobe.
You Don't Have to Do It All
You don’t have to head your local moms group, volunteer at church, and keep a spotless house all while being impeccably groomed, going on weekly dates with your partner, and raising perfect kids. It is impossible to do it all and retain your sanity! Let things slide once in a while.
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