Are you utilizing the moments in life?
How many dedicated mothers can confess that adjusting to the “Mom Life” can be tricky? With all the obligations that come with motherhood, balancing it all can be a challenge. Many mothers are juggling active careers, satisfying partners as “wifey” and are the source of their household; the list continues. Not only are moms required to pull a bag tricks out their magic mom purse and perform, but they are expected to complete each task immediately.
The era of instantaneous gratification, the new twilight zone has hypnotized us to the ” I need it now” mindset, and “there is not enough time in the day” conceived thought process. It’s a daily routine of instant attainment; fast food drive-thru snacks, family microwave meals, pre-prepped/packaged family feasts, same day delivery, on-demand entertainment, digital photo uploads and social media engagement. Let’s not forget when I text you, I need a reply back, now! Taking the time to pull out the encyclopedia has become a thing of the past; GOOGLE it! Even college writing life has become relaxed; citation generators are allowing a student to manage references immediately. With a simple click of a button, responsibilities can be complete.
Are we utilizing the moments in life? As parents, we understand the effects of each second of the day. Life lessons are essential, are we just balancing our life to get through the day?
How can a mother teach, balance and love in such a fast-paced world?
Reflect and record the day.
Ask yourself, “Did I waste a teachable or valuable lesson?”
Have a family dinner
Meal Prep on your light day or crock-pot a meal. The University of Florida reported that children who eat dinner with their family are more likely to understand, acknowledge, and follow the boundaries and expectations set by their parents. A decrease in high-risk behaviors is related to the amount of time spent with family—especially during family dinners.
Upkeep of the home
Divide the responsibility in your household by creating a chore chart. Chores teach children to respect and trust. Divide tasks in a way that promotes positive behavior in your child.
Transporting the kids
Ask for the assistant of family and friends, or map out the shortest route to your destination. Asking for help is not a crime, plus you can engage with your loved one that hasn’t been seen in awhile.
Remember to take a day of rest, carve out a small window out of the hectic day for meditation; or discover a hobby. Feeling fatigued and overwhelmed can be dangerous to your health, mentally and physically.
Yes, motherhood is a balancing act, but it can be entertaining and unforgettable moments are formulated! Time flies by so make each second count!
Adapted and excerpted from:
J. Lyttle and E. Baugh, The Importance of Family Dinners (FCS2286), Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (Archived).
A. Paredes and K. Shelnutt, Raising Healthy Children: The Importance of Family Meals (FCS8925), Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences (06/2010).