Why My Best is Not Good Enough & The One Tip Mamas Need to Get the Most out of Everyday
I’ve come the the conclusion that MY best is just not good enough. Working moms, if you’re like me, you’ve got a crammed schedule! Almost every portion of my day is planned out, so that means my kids are getting the exhausted part of me that’s left over everyday. That is simply not okay with me! So I have the one working-mom tip you need to help you save time so you can give it to your kids!
Growing up I always desired for my mom to come to school plays and activities. But she was a working mom, and it just wasn’t a possibility. But something about that desire I had as a kid really stuck with me and pushes me as a mom. I want to be everything and do everything for my children. I want to spoil them with love, attention, & intention. They deserve to have as much of me that I can possibly offer. But there’s 9 hours of my day that belong to someone else. It makes me sad that this is the reason I’m not able to be the super involved mother I want to be. When this short time of raising my kids is over, I want to be sure I gave everything. Click To Tweet
I want to know I laid it all out for them & gave them the best of me. I’m not sure that’s what I’m doing right now. Right now, I’m just giving the best of what’s left. Not my best, and not my ALL. They’re getting the tired, slightly agitated, “don’t feel like talking to anyone” me that still has to get dinner on the table, fix homework, make lunches, navigate shower and bedtime all within a two hour time frame. Now what about quality time, prayer time, bible study with the kids, bible study for myself, & alone time to connect with my husband….(what would I ever do without my husband-Big shout out to him!)
Please don’t misunderstand, I’m absolutely grateful for the job I have. I’ve shared this before, but both me and my husband lost our jobs in 2007. So I know the struggle of getting a job, I know what it feels like to have nothing…NOTHING! I’m so grateful for what God has given us, so I also want to make sure I’m using my time in the most efficient way, without burning myself out. Deep breath! OK, so this isn’t just a pity party post, I actually want to share the ONE working-mom tip I have that’s helped me get the most out of my day & give more of me to the family. Ready for it?
I do EVERYTHING during my lunch break! Ya’ll…EVERYTHING! This is not some random tip, these are things I actually do ALL THE TIME during my lunch break:
- Go grocery shopping-YUP!
- Get your nails done
- Get a hair cut (let your stylist know you have time constraints)
- Need an oil change or new tire on the car? Lunch break!
- Party on the weekend? Make a list of the stores you need to hit, then use a few lunches during the week
- Work on your budget and complete your meal planning
- Blogger? Work on post or scheduling & boosting (I’m doing it right now)
Moms we’re so needed & have a calling right in our own home, we know this. But not everyone’s able to make the transition to be a stay at home mom. We have to give ourselves some grace, and know that our families are right where God has placed us. So with that, get creative, give more time to your kids, and I hope this one working mom tip creates a positive change in your schedule allowing you to spend more time with your kids! Oh, and of course you don’t have to working mom to appreciate this tip. So tell me, what are some of your time saving tricks, I really want to know (like say… the religious use of crock pots for dinner)!