Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Sometimes at the end of the day I think to myself, "Self, did you accomplish ANYTHING today?!?!"

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!


Chantel said...

Articles like this are a good reminder and check for ourselves. Our job is hard and I have to keep reminding myself of that- not that I don't know but sometimes I wonder like you, what I DO do all day. I joke all the time that I would LOVE to switch for one day with my husband and get a 'break'. Funny what we consider a break now days :) But it is a joy and I love what I get to do. Thanks for the reminder!!

Breanne said...

Have you read "I Am A MOM"? It is the best book. I love it. I love that article too. You know what? I loved being a mom. I miss having that magic around me everyday. Yes, when you are a grandma that is ALL you remember is the Joy and Magic children bring into your life... YOUR babies are beautiful. OOPS This is Debbie Not Breanne..

sarah said...

I love it and it really is something that you can never understand until you are there :)

Becky said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the article you posted, thanks for sharing Linds! Your kids and husband are so lucky to have you.