Being a busy mom can be tough, and I think it’s very easy to get lost in all of the things we see around us that need to get done each day. But I am learning to remember the importance of going back to my most impactful job description and that’s MOM. I have one shot (cue the Eminem song) to be the best mom that I can be to my kids. Do I get it right all the time? Absolutely NOT! However, I can focus on those moments when I have the opportunity to invest in my most valuable assets. My kids.
I had a great reminder of this recently. It was a particularly busy day, and there was a lot that I was feeling the pressure to get done. Work, clean the house, plan meals, etc. Out of the blue the girls decided that they wanted to have a tea party. Honestly, this is the dialogue that went through my mind at that very moment.
“A what? Seriously? Do you have any idea what a mess that will be? I don’t have time for this right now. I just picked up that area of the house. This feels like it’s going to be a lot of work.”
For a split second I battled with these thoughts, and part of me reeeeaaaallly wanted to say no, but I realized that this was one of those moments that I couldn’t pass up. It was an investment moment. So instead of shutting their idea down, I said, “Done!”
In the midst of the craziness of the world right now, I am choosing to find the beautiful moments in my life. This was definitely one of them. Even though my house looked like a disaster, dirty dishes were piled in the sink, my To Do list was endless, and I had ZERO plans prepared for dinner, I chose to let all of that go.
Instead, I dug out my fine china, rummaged in the attic for a fancy gown, and had tea with my sweet girls. We talked in funny accents, and danced a waltz in the sunroom. But most importantly, we had a moment.
Maybe you’re a momma of boys that love sports. Get out that football and run around in the yard with them. Whatever makes your kids tick should be on your radar. Figure out what they love and engage on their level. Even if you think stabbing your eye with a chopstick sounds more appealing than sitting down and playing a video game; pick up that joypad and go to town.
For me, this tea party was a moment with my girls that I will cherish for a long time. Even though our world has “slowed” for a minute, life is still going by fast. Don’t miss out on the opportunities to be present with the ones you are with. And here’s a tip, doing it in a funny accent makes it even that much better.