Messes and Motherhood
Messes and motherhood. That is what my summer has consisted of. We’ve had some exciting trips, play dates, and activities. My daughter, Elizabeth (4) has had the most fun this summer. To her, summer has been weeks full of swim lessons, extra love from grandparents, visits from the Blue Fairy and a trip to the cabin. The extent of her math lessons has been ‘You had 6 taquitos and now you have 2 left. How many did you eat?’ ?
For my son, Finley (1), his summer has been all about climbing. He’s quite an ambitious climber—chairs, coffee table, beds—there’s no height he is fearful of. He especially likes stomping and dancing once he’s high up, giving his mother a nice little spike in blood pressure. Odd that he spends all of his day climbing but could barely stay vertical while we were walking in the mountains.
The Value of Self-care
As the mom, I often feel like the puppet master, exhausted from planning. And cleaning. And cooking. And cleaning some more. Yearning for the school year to begin and routines to engage.
To keep things organized, I find myself making lists for everything- groceries, errands, and random to-do’s. When I found myself listing “paint toenails,” it occurred to me that I had spent this summer making my children’s lives magical. (Mom win!) But in the end, I had forgotten to take care of myself—the engine of this well-oiled machine.
As important as education and vacations are for our kids, it’s just as important to teach them self care. They should learn how to take care of their mind and body, and how to be quiet in the moment. This realization brought about one of Elizabeth’s favorite things- SPA TIME WITH MOM! We soaked our feet, drank sprite (spritzers), ate chocolate, and did our toenails.
A True Mom “Win”
No kid wants a stressed-out mom! They want a mom who sings and swings. A mom who hoops and hollers at swim lessons. A mom who enjoys the beauty around them in the mountains.
We moms get so caught up in the planning and execution of our well-oiled families that we forget that sometimes all our kids really need is us. My kids couldn’t care less that our living room floor is covered in Cheerios; they just want me down there with them playing. And that is going to be the only thing left on my summer lists! (At least snack time is covered.)We moms get so caught up in the planning and execution of our well-oiled families that we forget that sometimes all our kids really need is us. Click To Tweet
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