I don’t know about all of the other Mom’s out there, but, for me, balancing home life, work life, mom life; sometimes I just want to SCREAM! And not in a good way, either. LOL!
I am seriously dating myself here, but does anyone remember that old commercial with the tagline: “Calgon, Take me away!”???
Swear, I must have thought of this 10 times this week as I was going absolutely crazy with the balancing act. It was just one of those weeks (and it’s only Wednesday) where the lists kept getting longer instead of shorter no matter how much I checked off the list!
Time Management for Special Needs Mamas
Is that even a thing? Because if there is a trick to effective time management when you are the Mom of a special needs child, will someone please tell me? Is there some big secret I’m missing?
We have all heard and know that special needs kiddos thrive on routine. Deviate from the routine and chaos ensues. For most of our kids, abrupt changes make for very unhappy children. So, we stick to the routine, which should improve time management except, it doesn’t. Why?
No matter how hard we try, there are still many things not in our control. The traffic; the dog; work issues; and the meltdowns to name just a few. Case and point: Tonight, my son had his every Wednesday appointment. He did great with his therapy; was willing and happy to be there. He gets in the car and the chaos begins. He wanted to go to the store; I wanted to go home. I was not willing to compromise for a child who was misbehaving – screaming, yelling, kicking, hitting, throwing things – so home we went. He was NOT happy which means that my night was not happy and I didn’t get to do many of the things I would have done if the routine actually worked.
The laundry pile is growing; the dishes in the sink are sitting; my stack of work that I brought home is not dwindling and I’m exhausted. Calgon, take me away!!!!
Well, I don’t have a bathtub but a nice long shower might help. That and maybe a little bit of grace.
If I Need Grace, I am Where I Need to Be!
I have like a hundred things going at one time. Most days, I feel like I can’t catch a break and the to-do list gets longer instead of shorter. I think I need to give myself a break. Maybe I should give myself an opportunity to grow a little in my view of myself and where I fit in the great balancing act. I need to renew my faith in my ability to accomplish what needs to be done, tackling it one step at a time; one day at a time. I might want to consider accepting my own limitations; there is no way I can be everything to everyone 24 hours a day.
Let’s not forget to have a moment of clarity. If ever I needed a clear view of the correct path, it would be now. And, then if all else fails, I should remind myself that there are others who have empathy for my situation and will support me in all I do.
Do you need a little grace today? Seriously, cut yourself a bit of slack.