I’m a migraine mama and my three kiddos have absolutely no volume control – thus, I’ve found the beauty of popping in my AirPods or my earplugs so I can enjoy this gig of mamahood more. I promise I don’t make any money trying to sell you on this idea, but let me explain how these items have changed my life.
My kids are LOUD.
And by loud, I mean they simply can’t use an inside voice. Ever. Even if they are right next to you or we are FaceTiming family. Yelling is just comfortable for them, but for me, it’s like hearing nails on a chalkboard. I don’t expect my kids to be tiptoeing around or super quiet, but talking voices would be great. This is where my fancy new headphones have come in handy. They don’t make it so I can’t hear my kids; instead, the earplugs muffle the extra noise (TVs, video games, the hum of the dishwasher and air conditioner, etc), and they help to minimize the loudness of my kids. Win-win. If you, like me, just need to take the “edge” off, earplugs may be your new jam.
Then there’s only so much Cocomelon or Ninjago I can take in a day. And when my daughter was in the hospital for three days, we literally watched the same movie over and over and over. I don’t know how they can do this, but they find something they like and they really do stick with it. And I just can’t. So, I put in one of my headphones and listen to some Dave Matthews Band or some 90’s R&B music and just chill. I can sit next to them on the couch or continue to listen with my other ear open for sirens and kids’ needs, but I can also enjoy something that doesn’t make me want to pull out my hair.
If you choose to join my party, I highly recommend having them handy. I legit have both my headphones and my earplugs hanging from a keychain for quick and accessible use. You got this mama. Hang in there and soften the blow of it all – you’ll thank me.