My lovely daughter awoke Saturday morning with a whiny, tired tone. After about 30 minutes of this nonsense, I announced that was ENOUGH. She needed to stop with the silly business and get dressed for our kid photo session in 45 minutes. She promptly threw up.
Oops. I bow my head in mommy shame.
I guess we all get wrapped up in our schedules, routines and whatnot. Kid chatter becomes background static noise. I, personally, hear only static until I can get two cups of java down every morning. This was my reminder to slow down and listen to my kids. Stop what I’m doing, look them in the eye and have a genuine moment. After all, that’s what I want from other people. Kids count, too.
My other stellar mommy challenge: My. House. Is. A. Clutterfest.
This summer, I just can’t find a balance between taking care of the outside stuff and keeping the inside stuff in order. School journals still sit on my washer from last school year. 3 partially complete knitting projects keep that company and I think I lost several knitting needles to the dark depths behind the washer. There is too much STUFF here and there. I feel the itch of simplifying it all. Donate. Send it to a garage sale. Recycle. My one obstacle is that I must carry out this mission during kid off-hours. Meaning, they MUST be elsewhere or they will notice just how much they looovvveeedddd that stuffed rabbit that sat under their bed for a year. Luckily, school is just around the corner, when I can roll up my sleeves and carry out my secret mission.
For now, I can work at having more genuine moments with my kids. DAILY. They grow up so fast, I don’t want to miss a minute.