Sunday, November 28, 2010

An Over-Worked Mom

When you’re a mother, sometimes it feels like you are running a bed and breakfast. The only difference is you don’t have commercial refrigeration or get paid for your services. You have to cook meals, make beds, do laundry and manage the house, with little to no thanks. This can be a physically tiring and mentally straining situation. Sometimes you probably feel like collapsing on the couch and letting everyone fend for themselves.

There are a lot of things you can do, however, to lighten your burden. You can teach your kids how to do a few things for themselves. It won’t hurt them to cook a few meals and wash their own laundry. It will actually make them more independent, which is a good thing for you. Don’t be fooled by your kids. They are fully capable of doing a lot of things you do for them.

You should also set up a chore chart. There is no reason for you to do all the work when there are other capable hands in the house. Even the younger children should have chores, even if it is something as simple as fixing all of the pillows in the living room. You can be creative and find jobs for everyone.

Another thing you can do is coordinate carpools to all of the different activities that your children are involved in so you don’t have to drive them every single time. This will save you a lot of time which means you might actually have a second or two to sit down and relax, unless you fill your time with more things to do.

While you want to be “Super Mom,” sometimes it’s better to take things a little slower and not sweat the small stuff. You are going to make yourself sick if you keep getting burned-out every day.

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