I hear what you're saying but I think another problem that exists is the pressure moms put on themselves to do all the crafts, make all the themed meals and bring all the pintrest boards to life. If a mom truly loves doing all of it and has the time and energy to do this with her kids for every holiday, more power to her! But then there are moms that feel like they've failed if their kids aren't sent off to school on valentine's day with bellies full of heart-shaped pancakes. That's where I think the main problem is....
Nikki, your comment means so much to me. Thank you. I'm only 2 1/2 years into motherhood and I believe you when you say the moments "fly by." But perhaps you should have made a pact with your 10 year old years ago like I've done with my kids. I made them promise to stay little and sweet forever. They were both newborns at the time and didn't really shake on it or anything, but their silence and blank stares told me they got it. 😉
It is tough to leave them...
Tough but rewarding for sure! Solidarity from other working moms has always been a help to me. 🙂
Oh, man! I didn't even think of that! We have yet to have that encounter. Still beats diaper changes, yes?
Casey, I know it is hard and I think the worst part is when I catch myself taking it out on the kids. It's not their fault. But I am tired and I have a short fuse and any little temper tantrum or misbehavior can send me over the edge. I think it is important to walk away and take a deep breath when you feel yourself starting to get worked up. Also if the kids are acting out there are some great techniques for getting them to behave that don't require yelling or spanking and that helps to keep...
#22 made me literally laugh out loud! That is something I totally did as a kid!
I love this! Very well said. As moms we all have these tender, impactful moments in the middle of the night. Even as a working mom I can be left to feel inconsequential. We just can't win, can we? I love when you said, "things that society doesn't give him but that perhaps one day he’ll give to society." That gave me chills and makes the sleepless nights and long days all very worth it. Beautifully written!
Thank you for sharing, Lindsie! I love the boss' theory. It is a very positive perspective. 🙂
Thanks, Katie. 🙂 Stress relievers are a biggie with two small kids! You have some lovely ideas!