The time has come. No, not nap time. It's not time to leave for school. Whew, you're not late for work or one of your kid's doctor appointments. That is definitely not the timer going off on the oven. If you're anything like me you have thoughts like this running through your head constantly.
We are all busy, probably too busy.
- Some of us work full time, go home to four kids and no husband, have to keep up the house and oh yeah - feed those four kids. God bless y'all! When do you have time to sleep?
- Some of us work part time, have two kids, a husband who works his butt off for his family in a blue collar job and just wants to relax when he gets home, aka not much help around the house. And we still can't find the time to get it all done. I just might be talking about my own situation here.
- Some of us are stay at home moms who spend every.single.waking.second with our kids. We spend our days resolving conflict, teaching independence, teaching preschool curriculum, cleaning floors, cleaning messes, preparing meals. And oh yeah - we try to be somewhat presentable and dig deep for those last few ounces of energy when our husbands come home in the evening. I don't know how y'all do it, SAHMs. You rock!
My point is this. We are all trying to juggle someone or something. Some of us may be struggling with heartache, relationship issues, health issues or depression. I would bet most of us feel inadequate sometimes as a wife, mom or woman. I would bet most of us are constantly wondering if we are making the right decisions for our family. Should I work full time to bring in more money? Should I stay home with my kids to give them more support? Should I home school? Should I get him tested for ADD? Should I let him play more than one sport at a time? Is she too young to start dating? Should I force them to go to church with us?
The point of this post is to remind y'all that it's not just you. You are not alone. Every other mom you see at your kid's school, in the doctor's office, in the grocery store or at the park is like you in some way. It's time that we start seeing the similarities in other moms as opposed to the differences. Focusing on our differences is when comparisons, judging and jealousy start and it can get ugly.
Remember we are all in this together. Remember that we should be supporting each other instead of criticizing each other. And on the toughest of days, remember that the time we have with our kids should be enjoyed and cherished because we will one day look back on these years and wish we had them back.