Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom has been sharing her secrets to finding happiness among the clutter and sibling rivalry. Here are some of her top tips to help you be happy, too:
- Re-establish routines: The self-professed “reluctant control freak” says, “I need routines to thrive…and in my life, total spontaneity usually turns out more chaotic than creative.” So she’s been fighting spring fever to reintroduce routine (and kill chaos) at her household. Check out her secrets to sanity at The Happiest Mom.
- Keep dinnertime simple: She confesses that she’d “spend hours in the kitchen trying to create a gourmet meal, only to watch every nose wrinkle as the kids caught a whiff.” So she simplified dinnertime by forgetting about 1005 healthy and homemade. Here’s how at The Happiest Mom.
- Make mom friends: She has 5 tough love principles for making friends with other moms, including being honest and “around,” even if it means volunteering for things you hate to do. She says, “If you’re lonely, sometimes you gotta suck it up and show up anyway.” Read her tough love principles at The Happiest Mom.
As a mom of five and blogger, author and writer, Meagan Francis spends the bulk of her time trying to balance kissing boo-boos with meeting deadlines (sometimes doing both simultaneously). But while life with kids is often chaotic and frustrating, Meagan believes a mother’s life can be rewarding and fun—and that all moms deserve a little more happiness. Her book The Happiest Mom: Ten Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, was published in partnership with Parenting magazine.