At night, after the kids get to bed – tucked in and books read and foreheads kissed and sound machines adjusted – and the kitchen gets cleaned up and the lunchboxes are prepped with non-perishables for the morning mayhem, I assume the position. That’s right, ladies—every night. Well, almost every night. Husband on his back on the couch and I climb …
… onto the adjacent chair, laptop open, pile of mom-work next to me. Miscellaneous papers. Field trip permission slips. Checks get written, notes from folders get signed, emails get answered, PTO work gets moved along, groceries get ordered, refunds get requested. Then the laptop closes, and the paperwork continues as I review coupons, school papers, mail, and the usual assortment of junk that has somehow piled up or re-piled up since yesterday. I catch up on a few blogs that I follow, poke in on twitter and FB … and suddenly its after 10 and I’m heading upstairs to read four pages of a novel before my eyes close and the alarm goes off moments later.
Have you ever had a week (or month or year) where you just feel worn out? We work inside the home, we work outside the home. We juggle child care and health care and house care and elder care. We are caring machines. And sometimes it feels futile. Kids still misbehave and get sick, the house miraculously cyclones into a disaster within minutes of former order, and our parents need us more and more. We don't recognize (or like) the snippy Mommy, the exhausted wife, and the impatient daughter that squeezes her way into our body. We feel guilty that while we have so much, we are drained and depleted.
So what can we do?
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