Identifying Problems Finding Solutions
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Yesterday I spent some time feeling sorry for myself.
I've been feeling very overwhelmed lately and seriously I just had a week vacation! LOL
It seems like I never have a minute to breathe - it's always go go go. The hubby helps out some but as many mothers/wives can attest the bulk of the responsibilities fall on me. I plan camps/childcare, dinners, appointments etc. I make sure the kids have all of the things they need for camp/school each day, make sure they are fed and bathed. The list just goes on and on.
Lately I've been having more and more of the days where I feel like I need more time to just be present with the kids. They are growing up SO fast and before I realize it they will be grown and gone. I need to fill my memory bank as full as I can now so that I can have all those happy times stored away when they no longer want to hang out with me! LOL
I work hard to feed everybody with nutritious food and keep them active. I plan ahead so that I can make the best use of every minute and yet for each thing I accomplish I feel like there are 2-3 things that I haven't accomplished.
So after wallowing a bit in self-pity, I've managed to shift my thinking to a more constructive place where I'll find solutions.
Here's what I've come up with so far:
-stop beating myself up for the days when all plans go out the window and the kids end up eating cereal for dinner LOL
-better utilize meal planning to ease off the stress of prepping dinner each night (somehow I've gotten away from this since school let out for summer)
-use meal planning for kids lunches too. I've never gone so far as to include the kids lunch in my planning but this could really help save time.
-get the kids more involved in household duties (expand on the chore chart that's been working well so far)
-get to bed earlier
-ask for help more often
So the list is evolving and I hope to be able to feel less overwhelmed with everything.