Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Motherhood: Tackling After School Chaos

I have had such conflicting emotions lately. When the kids leave for school, I clean and work on projects while the babe sleeps or plays. And while I work, I think with glowing fondness of my cute family and I count my blessings. I have a nice home, we do not lack for things- which is evident by the piles and mountains of laundry and the clutter than needs to be gone through and a messy garage. I have a husband who works hard to provide, support me and help me. I have five energetic, talented, unique children who try their hardest (and my patience).  I feel blessed and lucky and happy...and even though things are definitely crazy and hectic and life is full of turmoil and problems, I am eager to meet them head on and conquer.

And then. The kids come home. And backpacks are flung hither and thither. Lunches are unpacked and food is consumed at alarming rates. Homework help is needed. Rides are needed. More rides are needed. Neighbor kids want to play. I have church responsibilities.  I feel torn and thin and not enough. And we muddle through the madness and somehow find time for dinner, various after-school activities and prayers and then it's time for bed. Then I feel bad for losing my happy feelings of the morning. I feel like I missed talking to 1-4 of the kids adequately for the day/week.  I feel frustrated with the clutter in the house and all the stuff I am not doing or not doing well.  And I say my prayers and I plead for forgiveness and that my babes will not be ruined only to go through it all again the next day.

So.  I have been trying extra hard to keep my positive attitude all through the day and I came up with a plan to help keep me sane.  I am trying to keep a better schedule (especially after school), I am working on one-on-one time with each kid, letting them have some downtime before homework and chores and trying to do some of the things I like such as home decorating, reading my scriptures better, blogging etc.  We shall see how it goes today!

And here are photos of this little guy with his new bottom teeth poking through just because he's home with me all day and he's cute and his grin is the best.  :)


  1. Oh, Lou. This post was VERY timely for me. Seriously. Just knowing that someone else that I know is truly struggling with feelings of inadequacy, not doing enough, or not doing it well enough, hoping their kids aren't scarred for life because of parenting crash & burns... It's the validation that really buoys me up. Thank you for this post. For making time in all of the busyness to write it. It really meant a lot to me. You are a PHENOMENAL mother. Even with all of your self-perceived inadequacies. You are enough, and then some. We are great girls and we do great things every single day! Even if we ourselves can't recognize it. *Cheers*

    1. I'm so glad you liked is hard hard work, this mom thing. And we do do great things every day. Thanks for your very lovely comment lady! I miss seeing you!

  2. P.s. I love that cute baby of yours! I can't wait to fuss over him someday again SOON. :)


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