I’m in my 14th year of back to school seasons and I would like to think myself a pro for sure. Each year back to school happens right after Labor Day – except for a couple of years of year-round schooling for Nathaniel (which was glorious) but, I was always finding myself a little more stressed out than I should be. Once I started homeschooling the three youngest children, all of that had to change. I had a child in public school and I was responsible for the edutainment of three littles, and I couldn’t let the ‘extra’ stuff stress me out. Easier said than done, right?
Days can sometimes be long, messy, and stressful, but it’s not necessary for it to be that way. No matter HOW much of a mess happens during school days, worrying about your body betraying you shouldn’t be one of the things that set you off.
Nathaniel will be a Senior in high school, the ladybug will be in 4th grade, and the Twizzlers will be second graders. I know, I know. Where has the time gone? They are growing up and meanwhile, I’m trying to make sure that I don’t LOOK like a baby every single time I sneeze, laugh, cough or jump up at any moment in time.
Let’s not even act like there isn’t a big elephant in the room for me when I DID start getting fully into homeschooling. I had light bladder leakage, and it sent my stress level through the roof. Literally. You must know that mothering and schooling thing can take a toll on the body. Between carrying and birthing four children (two of them at the same time) my body has kind of given up on being as bounce back savvy as it was when I only had one. Which also means that I have to make sure that I’m protected at all times from accidents. My mom was always very open about the way bodies change in every aspect of life, so I’m not as closed to sharing information about body function as most women, but dang it if I wasn’t embarrassed about my own body betraying me in the way it was. There were times when I LOOKED like everything was okay, but I didn’t feel like going out on field trips, or to run simple errands because I didn’t know if I’d have an accident out and about.
With the help of Poise® Impressa Bladder Supports, and a village like no other, I got my LBL under control and got back into the swing of things with the school year. I took into account all of the ways that I could stop and smell the roses per se, and well, here they are presented to you.
- Talk it out – One thing I learned about the body of a mom for certain, is that all mom’s bodies change after birth. Every single last one of them. If they say it didn’t, they just haven’t found out yet. Stuff just doesn’t stay as firm, tight, or slim as it used to, and well, you have to learn to tuck, roll and support. 1 in 3 women have LBL and they might be too scared to talk about it. Break that dam open, and let them know they aren’t alone.
- GIVE THOSE KIDS SOME CHORES! Don’t go and re-do them either! Make sure to leave clear instructions and let them at it. Parenting is full of enough things to do without having to play a housekeeper as well.
- Make sure you’re not trying to be a super parent. If you’re not a single parent, there is NO NEED to be the only person giving instruction to your children all the time. Your spouse is more than willing to help you out, and you may be prohibiting them. Once I learned to let Mr. Houseful just be, the stress came down. And instead of fuming about things that I don’t really like, I tell him about it immediately, and then we go about our day.
- Laugh. Yes, even if you feel like you have to pee a little. Laughter has gotten us through so many stressful situations, and it pulls us closer together.
- Take a bath. Read a book. Drink some wine. Go to your favorite store. ALONE. I love my babies, and my husband, but I NEED time alone. Grocery shopping alone totally counts. I know a bunch of moms try to say it doesn’t, but if it makes you happy and you can saunter through a store without rush or worry, I say it does!
Poise® wants to make sure that you’re embracing your #PoiseMoment and living your best stress-free life before, during, and after the school year, which is why Poise® Impressa Bladder Supports are beneficial. You insert them like a tampon, but that’s not their purpose. They are the first over the counter internal product to stop bladder leaks before they start. Yes, you must read the back of the package. *Looks at self in mirror* The first time I tried these last year, I thought they were for absorption. Let me save you this lesson. They apply pressure to keep you from tinkling a little when your husband, or children, or co-worker, or television does something to make you laugh like a loon. It helps prevent leaks that come from sneezing, or coughing, or let’s face it, yelling upstairs to tell the kids that it’s time to get moving for the morning before they’re late for school. Yes, even those ONLY walking to the kitchen table.