I’m sure I’m not the only wife, mother, daughter, cook, and housekeeper who also wants to be intellectually stimulated by a challenging career and hopes to pursue hobbies like writing, reading, and dancing. Phew! If only one day had 30 hours.
Of all the jobs that come with being a woman these days, guess which one is the hardest? Parenting This job has no sick days or vacations and comes with a nagging guilt of not being good enough. Over the years I have learned that being a “Super Mom” is not about doing everything but doing what matters most. Sometimes it’s okay to let those brats multiply in peace. I would like to share some mantras that every mom can follow and that I have learned from my own mom.
Take care of yourself: Like the oxygen mask rule on airplanes, you can’t help your family if you’re in bad shape yourself. Take time out of your busy life to enjoy a few moments of pampering. You deserve it and you will come back full of energy, renewed and happy.
Organize, organize, organize: Setting aside an hour to plan for the day, week, or month often seems like a waste of time, but there’s no way to manage a home on the go. The few minutes spent planning meals, homework, and shopping can save hours of indecision and repeated trips to the store, and prevent chaos at the busiest times of the day.
Delegate: Being a “Super Mom” doesn’t mean doing it all. Learn to delegate! Make sure everyone in the family has some chores to do so they appreciate what it takes to run a home. And when it gets too hard, ASK FOR HELP!
Spend time together: What matters most is not how clean you keep your house or whether you finish all your errands. The most important thing is the time you spend with your children. Play together, read together, and set aside quality time with them. This is the time where we only see them and their talents; time when they feel the full impact of our love and admiration, when they know without a doubt that they mean everything to us.
I want to say hello to my mom, who is so loving, caring, generous, patient, involved, strong, creative, kind, selfless and always two steps ahead. She is a Super Mom, and I know you can be too.