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Turn That Frown Upside Down
May 19, 2011 4:46 am | by

For today’s installment of Real Mom Talk, we’re trying something new. Today will be the voices of real moms, sharing their tips and experience.

We’ve all had rough, difficult or just plain bad days. It seems that once you add another life into the mix, the chances of things not going as planned seem to multiply exponentially. So what do you do when you recognize things aren’t going so well and how do you change it?
Yesterday, we asked our Facebook fans:
Did your mother ever tell you “Turn that frown upside down”? How do you turn around a rough or difficult day? What do you do to change and improve your mood? Share your tips with us!
We received a lot of great responses and want to share with you what real moms suggest.

Jessica W. of WY said: “I like to blast my favorite music. Exercising helps a lot too. After a good sweat, it’s almost like ‘what was I mad about?’”

Adriel M. of AL said, “A cup of something warm: tea, coffee, cocoa, and five minutes of just sitting quietly, telling myself it is not as bad as I think. I just find something soothing in holding a steaming mug. Oh, and an uninterrupted shower is always good too.”

Memphis Misfit Mama said, “Get my baby to laugh!”
Ruthie V. of WI said, “I listen to Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” really, really loud and dance around…. never fails to revise my mood.”

What do you do when you see you or your children in need of an attitude adjustment? How do you turn the mood in your household around? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments below.

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



  • Sara said...
    May 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Laugh it up! I remember to laugh at my daughter’s antics instead of being annoyed…Listening to a favorite comedian or popping on an episode of a funny show always lightens the mood, too

  • Autumn Beck said...
    May 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I pray with them. After that I tell them silly things until they bust out laughing (they’re usually trying so hard not to laugh).

  • Rebecca.Widder said...
    May 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I work out or eat Nutella out of the jar. Polar opposites, I know.

  • Mary D. said...
    May 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I get out of the house. Cabin Fever is an instant mood killer. Just walking around the yard or neighborhood helps. If possible, I go to the library or the mall or just to pick up one thing from the store (ice cream) and I feel better.

  • Michellesayshi said...
    May 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I always wake up from naps a completely new person. Luckily my two month old still takes alot of them!!! Not sure what I’ll do when there are multiple kiddos though…

  • Kittie'sMom said...
    May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I give my daughter a bath! It sounds odd but somehow her splashing me makes me forget everything. She’s always asking for a bath so I don’t mind if she gets an extra one hereand there. Lord knows toddlers are messy!

  • Jennifer said...
    May 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Run around and chase them while yelling “tickle monster!”