Recently, there has been a lot of air time given to mothers who seemingly are able to do it all. I however am stunned when I hear mothers say they work 60 hours per week, raise their children, spend time with their husbands, volunteer, take care of home, and blog 10 posts per week as well. Additionally, I must add that some of these “do it all Mommies” also have nannies and/ a strong support system because without help these women would probably not be able to wear the “do it all” hat because something would be sacrificed. At any rate, hats off to these mothers!
I confess, I would love to have a nanny and a stronger support network, but between my husband and , we manage happily. Don’t get me wrong, if there are any volunteers out their who want to guest posts, or come clean my house, just let me know. There are days, when I have to take a break and give my girls my undivided attention. We read, rest, and relax. I continue to remind myself that I am a stay-at-home mom because I want to devout my attention to raising my girls into beautiful successful women who fear God. After times of high stress, where my body is pulled in too many directions I reevaluate and ask, “What is really important in my life,” and at the end of the day my family always tops the list.
So if you are a “do it all Mommy” please enlighten the rest of us. I have a couple of questions:
- Who cooks for your family? Do you have a hired cook, concierge service, order take out, cook a couple of meals and freeze them?
- Do you ever turn off your black berry and computer?
- Do you give your children baths and do their hair?
- Do you clean your house yourself, have a maid, or have a super tidy family that puts everything back in place?
- Do you wash your families’ clothes?
- Do you exercise?
- When do you sleep?
- Do you find time for romance?
- Do you worry about becoming burnt out?
- And one last question, are you happy?
To all of the other Moms like me who are willing to admit it, we in fact, cannot do it all, kudos to you as well. Let us not compare, but revere each mom’s position and roles we have decided work for us and our families. Overall, one of the greatest challenges I have encountered is parenting. I have also learned that sometimes I have to unplug and most of all prioritize and use my time effectively.