We all know I’m not a big fan of housework. But I do try to keep on top of it for my family’s sake if not for my own sanity. But on the days when I am behind in housework, it’s important to remind myself that I am just an average Mum and I’m doing the best that I can. So here are a few things to remind us all that sometimes, taking a second glance at the not done homework can tell you something about yourself and me as a parent.
Occasionally, when I’ve been busy all day, it can be well into the afternoon before I get the dishes done. Which means visitors to our front door are greeted by breakfast dishes still on the table from that morning and dinner dishes still on the bench from the night before. At first glance, it’s just a messy kitchen and dining table. At second glance, it’s proof that my children are fed and are not going hungry.
Toys On The Floor
There are often toys spread all over the floor in our lounge and up our hallway and into the children’s bedrooms. At first glance, it’s a pile of mess. Annoying to walk around and to clean up. At second glance, it’s proof that my children are free to play and have fun and make memories.
Piles Of Washing On The Couch
Sometimes the clean clothes don’t make it past the pile on the couch before they are worn again and again. If I’m feeling particularly neglectful of it, those clothes can be there for nearly a week. Usually with new basket load added to it each day before I gather up the motivation to put them away. At first glance, I’m a lazy parent who prefers a couchrobe to actual wardrobes. At second glance, my children continuously have clean clothing available to them and they know where to find them.
Tired In The Morning
I can often be grumpy in the morning. Generally because I’ve had to get up constantly in the middle of the night to deal with anywhere between one to three children in the night. At first glance, my children are annoying brats who still wake up in the middle of the night. Making me need at least two to three coffees to function the next morning. At second glance, my children have an attentive parent who will get up to tend to their needs in the middle of the night. Even if it’s just for a drink of water or a cuddle. My children feel safe enough to get out of their bed in the middle of the night to wake up Mummy and Daddy.
There you have it. Small reminders that the occasional day off from housework can remind you that even if you feel like you are just an average Mum, you are doing the best you can for your children. And that makes you an awesome Mum.