It wasn’t until recently that I began to struggle with the concept of time. Yes, I know that there are 24 hours in a days, 7 days in a week… blah blah blah… but no matter how many hours are in a day and regardless of the amount of days in a week, I can’t seem to keep up with the clock!
Everyone struggles with it in their own way, but I’m having a love-hate relationship with time these days and I’m sure all you moms out there can relate. Time is a struggle no matter how many kids you have or what age they are. It’s something that all moms (and dads too) have in common – the challenge with time is a never-ending battle.
Here’s what I mean:
There’s never enough time. You can be the best planner in the world but when you’re a parent, your plans will fall to shit. Something always comes up making your to-do list a heck of a lot longer and there’s nothing you can do about it! But while you’re struggling with managing your time, you also feel like your days are soooooooo longggggg. You keep looking at the clock and the time doesn’t seem to change. You’re doing the same thing over and over and although it’s monotonous it’s also taking a lot out of you. You’re drained and waiting for someone to come relieve you but then you’re hit with this feeling of guilt. Your kids are only going to be little for so long. You should be enjoying this time while they’re young! They grow up so dang fast and before you know it they won’t need you anymore. But then again.. if they don’t need you anymore that in turn means you could potentially have a bit more freedom. Woohoo! With a little freedom, you’ll actually be able to do what you want, when you want! But wait…I want to be wanted and if my kids no longer need me that means they’re grown up! If they’re older that means your older too. You don’t want to get old. We all know what happens when you get old!
And there you have it… the parental struggle with time. We seriously need our own clock with the ability to change the time to whatever works for us on any particular day. How wonderful would that be!?
Every stage of a child’s life comes with it’s fair share of highs and lows and as moms we often wish for the hard times to pass quickly (for obvious reasons) and for the good times to last forever! We’re never going to be able to time everything just so and regardless of whether your kids are having a “good day” or if they’ve taken a giant shit on your plans, you’re going to survive the day because you’re a mom and that’s what we do! So, rather than dwelling on the time, lets just enjoy the present! Go ahead and make your to-do lists but stop putting pressure on yourself to get everything done by a certain time! And when your child is having a serious melt down and you’re wishing for the day to pass… remember that the days always, ALWAYS come to and end!
The timing may never be perfect but there’s no better time than now. Enjoy today!