So one thing I always hear or get asked is “You are Super Mom!” or “How do you manage to find time to get everything done in a day?”
You want to know the real answer? I DON’T! HA! Were you expecting some miracle deal that I had? Nope! I don’t have a maid, even though I would entertain the thought of one, however the idea of paying for someone to clean up my house when I am perfectly able to seems a bit ridiculous in my mind.
Honestly, I don’t know about other moms out there but there are some days it feels easier than others to get everything in. I always feel like I need more time in my day though. That is a constant in my life that and coffee! Between spending time with my kids and husband, getting daily stuff done around the house, work, and exercising. Some days aren’t long enough. You know what? That’s okay! So what that my livingroom looks like a toy store blew up in it. I DO have kids and one being a toddler after all, I can’t expect an immaculate house. I would LOVE the thought of it, but I will have time for that when my kids are grown! Do I feel guilty? NOPE! I prioritize my agenda daily. So don’t for once think that I’m “Super Mom” and get all this in daily. HECK NO! My kids and husband come first, work and my health. I may or may not get all my chores done around the house during the week, but we stay afloat. Both of my kids help with dishes nightly, yes even the toddler. He is at that wonderful age where all he wants to do is help, so I let him! Yes, there might be “uh oh” moments along the way, but who cares. He is learning! So what that it takes me twice as long to do laundry because he wants to help carry the clothes, load them, put them in the basket and push the basket to the chair I sit in when I fold clothes. But THAT’S OKAY! I loathe laundry! He makes it fun for me. Plus I’m getting help with it so I won’t complain!
I have a wonderful, loving husband that fully supports my running addiction. He may say I’m crazy from time to time, but he “gets it” as I “get” his storm chasing hobby. (Which is quite interesting I might add!) He has gotten really good in the kitchen too and will often help me out and get dinner going, even when I’m at home cooking myself. Nothing is sexier than seeing a man in the kitchen right?!?! 🙂
So when you think you are failing, think twice. Look around at all the stuff you DID do today and not what you have left to do. Family comes FIRST, however your health and wellness should be just as important. Without “mom” in the house, what would they do? Prioritize your daily “To Do’s” and make a To Do list if you must. Some days I need a list, some days I’m just on autopilot and know what I need to do. Schedules are a must for me though on some things. Menu planning, exercise, extracurricular activities and work. My daughter participates in TWO, yes ONLY TWO activities. Gymnastics and Girl Scouts. I will not let her have something scheduled daily. She often gets frustrated with it after a while and just wants a day off as well to play with her friends. I see some parents that have their children doing something daily. Not in this house! She has to have time to get daily chores, homework, reading done without feeling rushed. Plus I don’t want that feeling of feeling rushed through life. Take it easy, enjoy it. It goes WAY TOO FAST and your kids are grown right before your very eyes.
Rule of thumb, DON’T get down on yourself for not accomplishing everything daily. However I feel like mom’s should make their health and wellness a priority too.
End of story. Period.
QOTD: What things do you do to make your daily tasks easier?