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The need to just be

The other night Abby looks at me and said "Mom, you're being so nice to me tonight." My initial instinct was to ask "what, am I mean the rest of the time?" I stifled that urge and just smiled. One part of me wanted to laugh and the other part wanted to cry.

In the past couple of weeks I have been trying to devote myself to spending a little time just being with them. Playing on the floor, reading to them, talking, or whatever they want to do. I feel like as a Mom (and especially a working Mom) I spend so much of my time trying to get everything done that I don't spend any time JUST BEING.

The reality is that "everything" will never be done. I have to remind myself that just as soon as I finish "everything" four more things will arrive at the top of the list. Because of that it's critical to schedule time to be a Mom. To be a person. To be me for five minutes.

So hopefully my kids will be noticing a fair amount of nicer Mom. Maybe she will be a little messier and behind on laundry but nicer. :D

4 comments:

Plant Girl 1:41 PM  

I think ours lives run extremely parallel at times. ;)

Kristen 1:44 PM  

M - I'd be willing to bet! :D

Michelle 9:40 PM  

My two current favorite parenthood quotes that I chant when I start feeling like this:

"Please excuse the mess, we're making memories."

and

"Good moms have dirty laundry, sticky floors and happy kids."

Hope that helps!

Kristen 1:35 PM  

Mich - I LOVE those. Need to put them up on my fridge!!!

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