Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Survival of the Mom

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"Can I please, please, please go to work with you honey? I am sure your boss won't mind!!"

                                      A Mommy Crisis?

Hmmm, not sure what to do after the 10th cup of milk was spilled in an HOUR, and nobody knows who did it. How about when you finish painting your living room and the next morning there is pen scribbled all over it? Trying times having these little ones. “Enjoy the most of it,” people say! I say, “Which part, the ever increasing amount of laundry, the 25 tantrums a day, the incessant fighting, the food you took all day to cook that nobody likes, or a house that is never quite presentable?”

Having six children, I have learned a few things along the way. Situations not worth trying to change would be:

  • Kids leaving the front door open and letting the dogs out.
  • Children leaving more toothpaste in the sink than on their toothbrush.
  • Having more old food - french fries, cracker, pretzels - in your car than people.
  • Owning enough children’s artwork to fill a small warehouse.
  • Shoes upon shoes littering the entryway of your house.
My all time personal favorite thing to not bother trying to change is living room furniture splattered with an assortment of peanut butter and jelly, gum remnants, and various handprints from who knows what.

Getting through the parenting stage with your sanity is holding onto those times when your child adoringly looks up at you with eyes that say, “You are the best,” or draws an indecipherable picture meant only for you. Taking three hour naps and waking up to declare their unyielding devotion to you, promising to live with you forever. Now, this may be a nice sentiment for some parents but an all out concern to others. Being a parent can be hard; worth it, yes, but hard. Knowing the value of these little people on your life and on society is the continual picture we must put before ourselves - especially on the days when there is more day than energy.


Heather said... [Reply to comment]

I have five and I can identify with your list. Except for the second one. I honestly try to NEVER go in their bathroom unless it is absolutely necessary. I just don't want to know.