For Mrs. contestants with families, one of the hardest things to do is to be away from your kiddos for a long time. Maybe you’ve never left them, maybe you secretly want to take a bubble bath without tiny fingers poking through the door or just go to the bathroom in peace without a little one thinking that Mom has somehow flushed herself down the toilet.
No matter what, though, having kids adds an extra bit of anxiety to pageant weekend. Besides the typical pageant “what ifs,” pageant mommies also worry about the “what if my kid…” (Read: How to Keep Your Pageant Confidence High During Competition Week)
But don’t worry Mom, it’s 2017 and while we loathe technology at the dinner table, when we’re away, it lets us be where we can’t.
With this in mind, Mrs. Maryland United States 2016, Jennifer Whittington, provided her tips for how to make it through pageant weekend while away from the kiddos.
10 Tips to Survive Pageant Weekend Away From Your Kids
1. Spend quality time together on the days before you leave doing some volunteer work or fun family activities.
2. Make some Musical.ly’s together so you can watch them while you are away from each other.
3. Pack together and pack something to take with you that will remind you of your kids! (Read: Pageant Packing Checklist)
4. Get a full dose of hugs, kisses and “I love you’s” before you leave.
5. Stay busy preparing…studying judges’ bios, always having your hair makeupe up on point, prepping for interview, etc.
6. Spend quality time with your hubby.
7. Spend time getting to know your sister queens.
8. Take any quiet alone time you might have to reflect on your life and write in your gratitude journal all the things you are thankful for.
9. FaceTime them!
10. Send lots of pictures during the pageant.
So, pageant mommies, go have some fun. Don’t worry, your hubby’s got you covered.
Celebrate you and your passions outside of your kiddos and husband. Have some girl time and some you time. You just might walk away with a sparkly new accessory at the end of the day.
No matter what, though, your family will still love you and be proud of you.