Lots of times, the answer is -other than keeping my kids alive, happy and snotty nose free- a big, fat negatory.
Housekeeping, extensive personal grooming and me-time often get placed on the back burner to trying to be the best parent I can be.
So yeah, at the end of the day, when I see dirty dishes in the sink, loads of laundry needing to be done and my hair BEGGING for some attention, I do sometimes wonder what the heck I did all day.
Then I remember the potty training, endless nose wipings, feedings, multiple clothes and diaper changes, comfortings, time outs, messy art projects, positive reinforcements, story telling, etc.
If I manage to focus on all those things, instead of what I didn't get done, I can give myself a pat on the back for surviving another day as a stay at home mom!
My job is one of the most physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually demanding jobs...and I would not trade it for ANYTHING!
*Sidenote: I am not saying it is impossible to do all of the above. I know plenty of women who always look great, find time to be social, cook meals, have a clean house and incredibly loved kids. I am just not there yet : ) The good news is I can always improve- and that is something I am striving for! I just need to remember to be a little kinder to myself when I fall short...and this article reminded me of that!