#30Seconds In-Depth: Stress Relief Through Laughter & Coloring With Kathy Shimmield! by Donna John
We all know life as a mom can be hard! Sometimes a little laughter, TLC and maybe some wine is what is needed to get you through to the next day. This week our very own Kathy Shimmield was our guest for our #30Seconds Twitter chat and shared her thoughts on how it's often the little things that can give you the TLC you need as a mom. Read on for her tips!
Q: What quick tips do you think can help a mom get through a rough day?
It’s the tiny things that help the most because they are the easiest to implement. Instead of using that 10 minutes to fold laundry have a cup of tea. I’ve not heard of a mom yet who died because she wore wrinkled yoga pants, but that tea break could help calm frazzled nerves.
@30seconds A1: dress for comfort! Don't worry about your hair and makeup. Just relax! #30seconds
— alecz❤️ (@ALaschall) April 20, 2017
@30seconds A1 Hide in closet and eat chocolate! send them to neighbors to play! LOLOL #30Seconds
— sherry bracy (@sherrybracy) April 20, 2017
Q: What as a mom do you need to work on most?
Easy! Negative self-talk. I’ve GOT to stop that! Negative self-talk is so hurtful, but so hard to combat. You have to really be relentless in correcting that tape player in your head to say supportive things. Also, I need to let others help me more. even if they don’t do stuff “my” way that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
@lorri1956 @30seconds I don't know where my patience has gone! I'm so over having the same fights everyday with my kids. It's like groundhog day here! #30Seconds
— Chrissy Jones (@CYJones30) April 20, 2017
@lorri1956 @NicoleDeAvilla @30seconds My tip: I ask myself.....Will "x" matter in 1 year, 5, 10? If the answer is no....don't worry about it #30seconds
— 🐯⚾️🐠Toni B 🎨 🎬 (@rychepet) April 20, 2017
Q: What do you think about kids helping with house chores?
My rule is once you can easily reach the bottom of the washer you’re doing your own damn laundry! And now all three kids (ages 14, 15, 17) have been doing their laundry since they were 12. True, if I ask for help with regular housework it’s not always done as I would do it, but it’s about teaching helpfulness. And it lets them realize firsthand all the stuff you have to do. Makes them more appreciative, if only for five minutes! LOL.
@30seconds Q3. Everyone needs a chore, yes!! #30seconds @kn_ventures @NicoleDeAvilla
— Rachel Lewter (@toomuch4ne1) April 20, 2017
Doing chores helps everyone feel important to the family. Everyone, even toddlers, should help as able #30Seconds
— Gina Valley (@GinaValley) April 20, 2017
Q: What made you decide to write “Goodnight Mom?”
Honestly, it just popped into my head one day and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it! It’s really accurate and gives me a giggle each time I read it. It’s also brief, which is helpful since I have NO time. It took a while to pull it all together but I’m really proud of the end result.
@kn_ventures @30seconds That's "momspiration" for you!! #30seconds
— Kim Kusiciel (@barefoot79) April 20, 2017
@kn_ventures @30seconds I love how you took an idea & ran w/ it! Yeah! #30Seconds
— 🐯⚾️🐠Toni B 🎨 🎬 (@rychepet) April 20, 2017
Q: You have done other fun books for mom before, correct?
Yes, the “A Day in the Life of Mom” coloring book series. Basically, satirical pages that you can color describing what a mom goes through. Just taking a few minutes to sit quietly and color can reduce stress and improve overall health. It's also a fun activity for a mom to do while her kids are coloring in their coloring books. The coloring books are for sale on Amazon.com and soon they’ll be available in the 30Seconds Rewards Store!
@30seconds @kn_ventures coloring books are the best way to de-stress! #30seconds
— Amber Cheras (@shadow62310) April 20, 2017
@rychepet @30seconds And follow me on instagram https://t.co/U2LEsLD8tk #30seconds
— Kathy Shimmield (@kn_ventures) April 20, 2017
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My husband and daughter, who was 8 at the time were in a horrendous rollover crash on 1/1/2008. My daughter was in a booster with head protection and her only injury was a bruise on her leg where the seat belt clamp on the seat broke. My husband on the other hand looked like frankenstein. I won't go into anymore details, but for 6 weeks after I sat on the sofa with my daughter on one side of me and son who was 4 on the other and we colored for most of the day. We had those giant coloring books by crayon and we colored every page, then bought more.
I didn't realize at the time, by whatever means I naturally gravitated to coloring which turned out to be so therapeutic until now with the emergence of adult coloring books. Knowing how healing that was for me and my children, I bought several coloring books and sets of colored pencils to give to a dear friend who lost her husband to a fall while working on their boat a few months ago just short of their 48th anniversary. She says she never thought there would be anything that would soothe the anguish, but coloring has.