As adults, we can become overwhelmed with the complexities of life; parenthood, relationships, and careers all while  trying to keep a roof over our heads. It’s enough to make you want to crawl back into your mama’s womb for a “do-over”.

When we were younger, we couldn’t wait to become adults. Now that we’re adults, we think back and wonder what the hell we were thinking!

Every now and then, it’s okay to take a break from being an adult. Here are 8 ways to do so without feeling guilty!

A Weekend Getaway– Wouldn’t it be nice to just go away for a few days without thinking about bills, the kids, or your spouse/significant other who’s been getting on your last nerve? Plan a small and affordable trip for yourself or with a couple of your friends that will help take the stress away.

Retail Therapy Without The Family- If you have a few dollars to spare after paying your bills, treat yourself at the mall. Whether it’s that shirt you’ve been eye-balling for a while or just walking through it until you see something that catches your eye, treating yourself WITHOUT your loved ones tagging along provides a certain level of tranquility.

Go to an Amusement Park- Jumping on your favorite rides always bring out the excited kid in you!

Say ‘NO’ more often- Say no to anyone or anything that will inconvenience you. The more you say no, the time needed to do more important things will be revealed to you.

Choose at least one day to do nothing- Pick a day to just…do nothing. No television, no radio, no internet, no phone….everything is turned off! Well…maybe not the radio. Perhaps, listening to your favorite jazz station could do you some good:-) When you spend the day doing absolutely nothing, it rids the stress in your spirit and relaxes your mind.

Work on Your Favorite Hobby– Work on a project that brings you joy. It’ll help take your mind off more serious things.

One Day Without Driving Anywhere- If possible, take a day without driving anywhere. Get a loved-one to run typical errands, while you take a much-needed breather.

Read Blogs on How to Take the Stress Away- Every little bit of advice helps, thus the reason for this piece. Blogs offer many pointers on how to live a stress-free life as an adult. Take advantage of the information that is TOTALLY free all through the internet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although this isn’t the first time we’ve seen expected Mommy, Janet Jackson, it’s wonderful to see the glowing mother-to-be with her baby bump.

This will be the first child for both Janet and her husband, Wissam Al Mana. After rumors floated around that she used a surrogate, the 50-year-old confirmed her pregnancy with ‘People Magazine’.

“We thank God for our blessing,” says the star.

Over the last few months, Jackson has kept a low profile and was last spotted shopping for baby buys at London’s Back in Action furniture store.

“She is super excited about her pregnancy and is doing extremely well,” a source close to the Jackson family previously told PEOPLE. “She actually feels very good about everything.”

For more on how Janet Jackson is prepping for motherhood, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

Being a mother can be a challenge.

Being a single mother can be a bigger challenge.

Being a single mother and dating is a highly difficult task!

No one said dating as a single parent would be easy, but dagnabbit! One would have to wonder why there wasn’t a warning! There are many factors single mothers have to consider when it comes to dating. Some we’ve expected and some we thought were impossible. The one thing I feel we can all agree on is that dating is HARD when you have little ones. Dating as a single mother can also be scary!

Single mothers also have to deal with the stigma that they’re looking for “fathers for their children”, which for the most part, is an assumption. The REAL father could be a part of their lives, but unfortunately…that’s not the initial thing that comes to the mind of a man who’s curious about the single mother he’s involved with.

Here are four ways single mothers can effectively balance the act of dating while being a mom:

Wait a while before introducing your guy to the kids- Introducing a prospective boyfriend to your kids is risky. Especially when you haven’t invested enough time in getting to know more of him. If things go south, you will not only be hurt, but the children will, too, because they’ve already gotten attached. Wait as long as you possibly can to introduce your guy to your kids. Waiting gives you the time to see if the both of you see the future on the same page.

 

Take pride in your low tolerance for bullshit- As single mothers, we’ve become less patient with any man who doesn’t live up to our particular standards. Because we spend most of our time with our children, we make sure we spend the bit of free time we have with someone with good qualities and not losers. One of the best ways to spend our free time is with people we like.

 

Be up front with your guy about your kid(s) father- The guy you’re dating becomes curious about the father of your little ones, as expected. Be honest about the relationship you and the father have and how much he’s a part of the kids’ lives with him. It will only make him respect you more.

 

You can still do the horizontal hokey pokey, but be discreet Whether the kids have met your guy or not, being intimate somewhere besides your home or when your kids are not home, is more appropriate. Not exposing them to clues that a man has spent the night shows respect for your children.

 

 

Keshia Knight-Pulliam, who married Ed Hartwell in the beginning of the year, is seen here photographed with friends, revealing a SERIOUS baby bump.

The former child star of ‘The Cosby Show’ made the official announcement on the ‘gram with a cute photo, also revealing the baby’s sex. #ItsAGirl.

 

 

Surprise!!! We have a new addition coming soon… Tune into #KandidlyKeshia this week for the details!!

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My bestie in my head, Marsha Ambrosius, is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, and I couldn’t be happier for one of my favorite vocal artists.

The Grammy-Nominated vocalist and one-half of Floetry made the announcement during her Prince tribute at the 2016 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. She confirmed toEssence’ that she’s expecting a girl.

 

Marsha KINDA gave it away days earlier with this recent Instagram picture of her belly…

 

 

Trim! My bad @bizzeeb lol I was tired watching blow dry this thing lol BUT IT WAS WORTH IT 😂😂😂

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The Royal Hip Hop couple of the South, Clifford “T.I” Harris and Tameka “Tiny” Harris are awaiting their newest bundle of joy (baby No. 7), and what better way to celebrate the soon-to-be arrival than with the cutest maternity shoot?

Famous photographer Derek Banks captured T.I and Tiny so beautifully, as Tameka is dressed in a white buttoned-down top and bikini-type bottoms. She lies on her back, showing off her perfectly round belly, while T.I. seals a kiss on her cheek.