Between school, activities, carpool, household work, cooking, and maybe even working full time on top of that, moms and dads are prone to stress and exhaustion. It can be difficult to keep it all together, especially when you’re crunched for time like most of us are. Seeing as April is Stress Awareness Month, now is a great time to practice some tips and tricks on how to stress less, so you can enjoy more out of life. We asked a few female entrepreneurs–working moms themselves–to contribute. See below for their best tips!
- There’s An App For That
Six years ago, Sara Schaer was a working mom at a tech company in Silicon Valley. She had an “aha” moment when she realized that tech could be applied to parenting, too. “As a working mom, I suddenly realized how dependent I had become on my smartphone. It allowed me to juggle work when on the go – as work was basically composed of voice, text, and data. I was wishing that somehow that device could be equally helpful with managing my kids,” says Sara. These days, Schaer runs an app she founded called Kango, which provides safe, secure rides and childcare for busy families. If you find yourself running around like crazy, see what kind of apps are out there to help you get organized and help your day flow better. Why stress when you can have things like carpool, cleaning, or even dinner taken care of with the click of a button?
- Embrace Creativity
Sometimes, to save your sanity when it comes to kids, you have to get a little creative and use your imagination. No one knows this better than busy mom, Candice Romo–she and her husband, Tony Romo, just announced that they are expecting baby number three!–who also runs her business, Hawk + Sloane, with partner and fellow mom, Hollie Siglin. They started Hawk + Sloane, a line of sprays designed to “conquer parenthood”, when they realized they needed a creative way to bust stress when it came to parenting. “For example,” Candice says, “Our Sassy Spray is what we refer to a the ‘modern day soap in the mouth’. It’s a blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and VitaVeggies. A quick spray on the child’s tongue after naughty words (or even biting) and the sour aftertaste is a punishment that fits the crime. A dose of discipline and a dash of nutrition teaches the kids and eases our stress of the dreaded back talk.” Whether you use a spray, a game, or something else creative to keep the kids in line, it will help with your work-life balance in the long run, and allow you to relax.
- Make Some “Me” Time
Hollie and Candice also cite that taking some “mommy time” at the gym is one of their preferred ways to de-stress, take a break from work or household chores, and get a workout in. “Now, that doesn’t mean we have time to hit the gym for two hours–or even one,” Holly told us. “A lot of the time it’s just 30 minutes, but it gets our blood flowing. And ultimately we feel more equipped to face the rest of our day. We also try and work out together as much as we can. Having a work-out buddy is helpful, it keeps us accountable and we can distract ourselves by talking about life while we sweat.” If you find yourself up to your ears in stress, try hitting the gym, taking a fitness class, or even a walk around the block.
- Bath Time – Not Just for The Little Ones
Sara let us know that she also loves a good, long, hot bath to relax at the end of the day–or a “home spa”, as her son calls it. “A hot bath with mineral salts” is the key, according to Sara. We also love the idea of adding a fun bath bomb, essential oil, or fancy face mask to really make the experience perfect.
- And If Stress Gets the Best of You?
“We can all admit that we have had those blow-up moments with our kids that we regret and feel badly about, and most often than not it had nothing to do with them and everything to do with the other laundry list of things going on in our grownup world,” Candice and Hollie told us. “We will be the first to say that we have yet to master mommy stress management because frankly, we can work out 7 days a week, organize the whole house, pray, take 10 deep breaths, read all the best parenting books, and we are still going to mess up and lose it on our kids from time to time. So, in addition to those common stress – management techniques, our houses practice apologizing. Just like when we make siblings apologize to one another for disrespectful behavior, we as parents can, too. Apologizing to your child after you’ve wronged them can make a world of difference, they can see that grownups even make mistakes, and it removes the pressure off of them when it wasn’t there fault to begin with. So, when stress management fails–as it will–be quick to apologize because we mommys can’t be perfect, even though we try.” Well said ladies!
If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or just a care taker of children. You know that we all need a little bit of help sometimes. Hawk and Stone help you with all of their different sprays. What amazing creations the help us help our children feel better. They have created sprays for different occasions to help make parenting easier.
For our little ones monsters can seem so real. Especially when mom and dad turn the lights off and head to their bed. While you are tucking in your little one just walk around their room and spray away the monsters. And if they are still not convinced, let them spray them away instead. And Scary Spray is formulated with calming essential oils.
Oh we all have that one child that fights sleep with everything they have. Now you can work this Sleepy Spray into their bedtime routine. It is a lovely lavender infused, Fairy approved mist that will help to calm them.
And yes we have the sassy one. And shew wee they sure can try your patience sometimes. But you have to be consistent with your discipline. That is why this Sassy Spray is great to keep in the diaper bag or in your purse. Regards of the their bad behaviour is Sassy Spray is unique and effective. But never worry it is safe for your little one. Made from a unique blend of Apple Cider Vinegar and Vita Veggies.
When your little one used the potty and you are out and about. You really don’t want everyone to know or stink up the entire place. Stinky Spray will help you eliminate the odor coming for the diaper or the diaper pail. With the citrus fragrance you will never have a stinky butt again.
Formulated with micronized silver for proven antimicrobial properties. While helping keep the diaper area calm and soothing. It will help keep mom and dad’s hands squeaky clean. Simply spray the area or you can spray on irritated skin.
This is an amazing preventative spray. Not only does it give your kid the security in knowing their hair is protected at school. You will not have to worry about them bringing those little critters home. Generously spray your child’s hair to help repel head lice. You can also spray areas that may be susceptible to lice.
And if you are like me you can choose. Because our kids need each one of these sprays at different times through the day and night. So pick up this 6 pack and have them all. Perfect for gift’s, baby showers or to keep for yourself.
The 30-year-old Hawk + Sloane co-founder and her husband, newly retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, are currently expecting their third child — another boy! — who will join big brothers Rivers, 3, and Hawkins, 5, in August.
The couple shared exclusive family photos with PEOPLE, with Crawford Romo dishing on how they are preparing for their newest addition, being a mom to boys and how Romo, 37, is settling into his new career trajectory.
PEOPLE: Congratulations on your third boy! Did both of you want to find out the sex? Tell us about finding out you were pregnant with another son. Did you have any inkling one way or the other?
Candice Romo: Yes, we have always been on the same page about finding out gender for our kids. We both like to plan and fantasize about how the new baby will fit into our family.
Tony thought this third baby was a girl for sure; I was a little uncertain. I felt a lot sicker during this pregnancy, and so we thought that it may be because there was a little girl inside, but we were definitely wrong. Sure, it would have been new and different to have a little girl running around, but we love our boys and I love being a “boy mom,” so adding one more to the mix is exciting.
PEOPLE: Have you and Tony discussed names? Did you already have a list from your previous pregnancies?
Candice: Once we find out the gender, we start the name game. We don’t always see eye to eye on names, but eventually we come to an agreement.
We don’t know the name just yet, but we have narrowed it down. None of them are from previous pregnancies. It’s funny how that happens.
PEOPLE: Are Hawkins and Rivers super excited? How did you tell them they were getting a little brother?
Candice: The older boys are so excited. They were even more thrilled to find out they were getting a little brother. It’s been really sweet to experience this pregnancy with them. They are very interested in the week-by-week baby calendar and how big the baby is getting. We bought a little handheld baby monitor, and they love listening to the baby’s heartbeat.
PEOPLE: What’s the best part of being a mom to boys? What’s your favorite time of day with them?
Candice: The best part about being a boy mom is that they keep me active! Whether it’s sword fighting or playing basketball, we are constantly on the go. My favorite time of day is bedtime when we slow down and read stories, snuggle and talk. So much is going on in their little minds, and I love getting glimpses of them when the day winds down.
PEOPLE: How has your pregnancy been so far? Similar to your previous pregnancies? Any morning sickness or cravings?
Candice: I was a lot sicker this pregnancy. I felt nauseous 24/7, and it lasted well into my second trimester. I crave orange juice! Usually I could take it or leave it, but when I am pregnant I love starting my morning with a glass of cold orange juice.
PEOPLE: How do you balance two boys (and a third on the way!) with running Hawk + Sloane? Are there some days where the juggling gets tough?
Candice: The beauty about Hawk + Sloane is that we can work around our kids’ schedules and I do it with my best friend, so it never feels like work. However, between school hours, a dad with an unorthodox work schedule and a very helpful DeeDee (grandma), we tend to juggle as a team.
PEOPLE: The sprays from Hawk + Sloane are both funny and practical. How did you come up with the idea?
Candice: Hollie and I came up with the idea by natural parenting. Just like on any day, we find ourselves coming up with creative ideas to help and teach our kiddos, whether at home, in school, at bedtime, in sports, etc.
What better way then to have fun with it while also staying practical? And in the end, we are having a blast conquering parenthood one spray at a time!
PEOPLE: How is your family adjusting from Tony going to the field to in front of the camera as an analyst?
Candice: It’s sad to say goodbye to the NFL family that we have been a part of for so long, but we couldn’t be more grateful for this once in-a-life time opportunity. If there is one thing I know about my husband, it’s that he was born to play football and he was born to talk about football. I may be biased, but I think he is going to be a great analyst, and our entire family can’t wait to watch him this fall.
PEOPLE: Will your family be complete once baby boy arrives?
Candice: I think we are done after this third little guy arrives. You never say never, but I’m fairly confident that once this baby is out, we’ll feel like the Romo family is complete.
For more from Candice Crawford Romo, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.