We all deserve a good pamper from time to time and sometimes it can be so difficult with a toddler or two hanging on to our legs. Oh and the dreaded throwing a massive wobbly in the middle of the salon. Not something we would look forward to and probably something we would put off.
I’m a firm believer of learned behaviour. This is solely just my opinion and something that I’ve learnt works quite well with Esmé. If I don’t take my little to the salon with me ever, she’s never going to learn how to behave in one. However, if she comes with me and misbehaves I can handle the situation so that she knows that behaviour is unacceptable in that situation. Hence, she will eventually (hopefully) learn that it’s only a short while and if she’s good, mamas happy which means TREATS.
Now, believe me, I know this isn’t always that simple BUT I’ve realised that just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be able to treat and take good care of myself. After a little while of taking little E with me, I’ve learnt some tricks of the trade that might be of some use to a mama that deserves a pamper but is dreading the outcome. Do it. Get yourself booked in and do what you need to do to feel good about yourself. I promise you won’t regret it.
Tip one: take snacks, I always prepare ridiculous amounts so that little E has a selection. If she turns her nose up at one which is very likely, she has a few others to chose from. I take a naughty treat like chocolate too just in case you need to be a “slummy” mummy and give them chocolate to shut the heck up. Orrrrr as a treat if the whole thing goes good!
Tip two: take their favourite, least noisiest toys. Little E loves teddies and dolls so I always make sure they’re on hand when ever we make a trip to the salon so that she has something to keep her company. More often than not it only lasts a few minutes but still, a few quiet minutes is a lifetime compared to a meltdown in what’s supposed to be a relaxing environment.
Tip three: Take an empty bottle of a beauty product you would use at home. Pop it on the side and when they’re on the brink of a meltdown hand them the bottle as if it’s from the salon. This is a new one that we’ve recently tried and little E looooves it. She thinks that she’s getting something special from this unusual place we’re in and it’s not something she’d normally have a chance to play with. Win win!
Tip four: don’t stress. If they throw a wobbly who cares? Honestly, nobody will. Everyone knows what it’s like to have children and how unpredictable they can be so fear not. Get out, get pampered and enjoy it. You deserve it babes.
Tip five: worst case scenario, have the baby tv app or baby game downloaded and ready on your phone. This has saved my mama ass a few times I’m not going to lie. It’s amazing what an orange blob counting to ten with different animals and shapes bouncing around can do to a toddler on the brink of a meltdown (roll eyes emoji).
So now, you have no excuse. If you give these a go I hope they work as well for you as they do for me. And if not, just throw a massive tantrum yourself and see what happens. I dare you.