**I don’t know about you but I am always looking for new ways to de-stress after a long day of being the bad guy. I say “bad guy” because with an ALMOST four-year-old I do more barking orders like a drill sargent than I do speaking in a sane and normal voice. I think I forgot what my sane and normal voice is! But as far as how I unplug after bed time, well that usually involves some sort of fermented grape and a jigsaw puzzle on my dining room table. For my mom (a proud mother of FIVE children) it was bingo, and in fact, it is STILL bingo even with all of us gone which is why I was so excited about this guest post. Just the other day I was asking my husband if he would want to try that Lunar Bingo. You know, the kind were you go to the local casino in the middle of the night and get drunk on watered down cocktails and play bingo in the dark. Well, at least with this you won’t even have to leave your house, which mean no babysitter, which means…SOLD.**
The challenges of motherhood are profound, various and increasingly complicated. From regular sleep deprivation and dealing with a child’s high fever to the perils of changing diapers and occasionally being smacked in the head with an errant toy, these are the types of little situations that can really add up to form a mound of seemingly constant stress from all directions. While it doesn’t hurt (and certainly helps) to maintain and/or find new hobbies and activities to balance out the demands of parenting, oftentimes it’s too easy to get locked in a routine and never change it up every once in a while. And in the case of stay-at-home moms, heading out of the house to study the intricacies of salsa dancing or pottery means being away from the children for an extended period of time.
All of this is to say that stay-at-home moms these days have plenty of leisure and recreation options that don’t involve ever leaving the house. For instance, instead of looking for a local bingo hall outside, online bingo – which can be played on mobile gadgets like iPhones and iPads – brings the excitement of the traditional game with the convenience and accessibility of online gaming.
As a matter of fact, an online bingo company goes out of its way every year to acknowledge and recognize parenting excellence. The FoxyBingo Celebrity Mum of the Year was recently won by the former “Baby Spice” Emma Bunton for 2013. Emma has sons Beau, 6, and 2-year-old Tate with husband Jade Jones. Previous winners include Sharon Osbourne and Katie Price; fellow former Spice Girl Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and the Duchess of Cambridge were both nominated on the shortlist for the 2013 Celebrity Mum of the Year.
And of course, there’s a fairly tongue-in-cheek printable bingo card made by mommy blogger Joules Dellinger that riffs on all the cute and surprising things that toddlers do as they explore their surroundings.