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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.

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    So don't be too hard on yourself. It sounds like you have it right in that you are present in the moment with your children... for in the blink of an eye they'll be grown.
    1117 days ago
    The role of being a Mom can be very demanding and very rewarding at the same time. My daughter is grown and it's very heartwarming to listen to her recall so many wonderful memories with some where I thought I'd failed she recalls it as a blessing.
    1117 days ago
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