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4 Times It’s Really OK to Say, Help Me

Accepting help from others can sometimes be challenging, especially for those of us who like to do things on our own. Moms are well known for trying to do everything at once, for taking on more and more task, especially when it comes to our kids.

Bake cakes for the mom and baby coffee meetup? Sure! Create a selection of sequined costumes for the school play? No problem! Have five kids over for a playdate at short notice on a Friday? Of course!

Sounds familiar, right?

As a parent, things can get a little overwhelming from time to time. That’s perfectly normal and a good sign that you are well and truly established in this crazy club we call motherhood. But it’s also perfectly normal to look for a bit of help every now and then.

Here are 4 situations where it’s really, truly and honestly perfectly ok to shout “Help Me!” from the rooftops!

1. The Sleep Situation

Sleep plays such an important role in our physical health. And as any mother knows, there are times when sleep is really hard to come by, especially in those early days. A good night’s sleep helps our bodies to heal and repair. It is one of the key factors in keeping our bodies healthy and preventing us from getting ill. So, if you’ve had a sleepless spell, don’t be afraid to call in the cavalry. Pick up the phone to a good friend or family member, and just ask them to come over for a night, or even a few hours, so you can get some uninterrupted shut eye. Your entire family will feel the benefit. Also, if you want some advice on sleep routines and sleep difficulties, speak to our sleep expert, Fiona O’Farrell.

2. The Lone Wolf

A common feeling amongst moms, and especially new moms, is the feeling of isolation. We are so busy with the day to day madness of caring for a new baby, or juggling school runs, with home life and work life, it can feel quite isolating, like we just don’t have the time to seek out friends, or interact with the world. If feelings of loneliness start to creep in, now is the time to speak up! Seek help from the wonderful moms on our Facebook community about local meet up groups, call an old friend to go for a walk or a coffee, or come along to one of our eumom play and coffee mornings! We’re all in this together, so don’t feel like you need to do it alone!

3. The Holiday Conundrum

Sun, sea, sand and sangria! Or family fun and forest walks in Fermanagh. Whichever type of holiday you’re hankering for, the decision process can be a bit of a minefield, especially with a young family. There’s just so many things to consider! Will Spain be too hot in July for the baby? Will there be enough to keep you entertained in Mayo for a week? How will you navigate a plane journey with a couple of little ones and a stream of suitcases? Now is the time to ask the mom friends for their tips and advice. Ask for recommendations, as for their experiences, their favourite destinations, where they got the best deals. You can also speak to our travel experts for some practical advice on traveling with a young family. Whatever you decide, we’re sure you’ll create lots of fantastic family memories!

4. The New Home Makeover

Moving into a new home is said to be one of the biggest, best, and most stressful times of your life! Not only is it a really exciting time, but it’s also one of the busiest jobs you’ll ever undertake. With so much to organise, do, clean, bring, buy, fix and think about, it’s a perfectly good time to ask for a little help from your friends and family! If you’ve got a mate with an eye for interiors, or your Dad’s a dab hand with a paintbrush, ask them to pop over and give you an hour of their time, in exchange for lots of tea and laughs! I’m sure they’d only be delighted to help you out at such an exciting turning point in your life!

Get the help you need from Ulster Bank today and talk to them about their brilliant mortgages. Ulster Bank provides help for what matters during the mortgage process. They offer the same great rates for new and existing customers, their mobile managers will meet you at your home at a time that suits, they offer one free valuation per customer - plus they'll even give you €1,500 when you take out a mortgage with them, to help pay for your legal fees. What's not to love? For more information, visit ulsterbank.ie

This article has been sponsored by Ulster Bank.

Ulster Bank Ireland DAC is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Important information:

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About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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