Hey there, Supermom. Yeah, I’m talking to you.
If you don’t feel as though you’ve earned that title, you are dead wrong. Granted, some days and weekends are less productive than others, but I hope that you recognize the fact that you are a multitasking, plate spinning, super talented woman who is actually doing more than you may be giving yourself credit for.
It’s easy to occasionally feel exhausted, over worked, and unsuccessful in your role as a mom. And I think most women can relate to that feeling. I sure can. But then … you have those days, those weekends, when you are SUPERMOM. That was this past weekend for me. And it opened my eyes to the fact that we probably balance our work, home, and personal lives successfully — and dare I say, TRIUMPHANTLY — more often than we think. Saturday loomed for me this past week. I knew we had a full weekend planned. My husband has been incredibly busy with work. I had signed up for a road race in advance, something that I felt fairly ready for. What I did not feel ready for, and what was causing me some significant anxiety in the week or two leading up, was the fact that I RSVPed to two birthday parties for 3-year-old friends of my daughter. One was an old best friend from daycare, the other a new best friend from Pre-K. Both were nearly an hour apart from each other and another hour from our house. And my daughter was stoked for both, so we were definitely not making any last-minute changes to our plans. But yikes — we would definitely be playing chicken with the nap zone. How would we make this happen?
Well, I don’t know how we did it, but we did. And the birthday cake was divine.
And just for the hell of it, the following day I took my daughter to the Big E — the last day of it, mind you — solo. For about 6 hours. Because apparently I like to dance on a razor’s edge. Now, please forgive my humble brag, but it feels pretty good to dig deep, put the hammer down, and dive in to a weekend full of commitments. And to come out the other side slightly sunburned, lighter in the wallet, and downright exhausted. AND HAPPY.
So, here’s to you, Supermom. For signing up to be a soccer coach, attending your kid’s t-ball game on a less than balmy day, pursuing a hobby, doing 3 loads of laundry AND using the clothesline, getting the grocery shopping done with two kids in tow, paying an online bill while making a semi-healthy dinner, cleaning out that junk drawer, or completing that assignment at work and then having a tickle fight with your little bean when you get home. For kissing your kids and tightening up their blankets around their little faces while they sleep. SUCCESS. Another day in the books. High five your partner.
This can be tough work sometimes. But aren’t those times when you just nail it oh-so-rewarding? At any rate, just remember: you’re kicking butt every single day. Even those days when you feel like you’re barely staying afloat. Measuring our individual successes is a very personal task.
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” — John Wooden