Being a mom is one of the most important things you’ll ever do in your life.
So they say to moms.
But some days, being a mom looks like keeping track of little details.
All those small things that no one really realizes you do, unless you aren’t around to do them.
Things we have written down so we can remember and others we just somehow keep track of.
It’s getting a forgotten lunch to school before 12:10 so your child has it in time to grab on his way to the cafeteria.
It’s remembering which child would live off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if you let him and which wouldn’t touch that sandwich even if it were the only food left in the house.
It’s knowing that your child has Mrs. X for homeroom but will be in Mrs. Y’s class at the end of the day if you’re there for early pick up… unless it’s a B day, in which case, he’s still with Mrs. X.
It’s calling for a refill on a prescription right at that sweet spot where the pharmacy will fill it instead of telling you to wait a few days, but before your child is all out.
It’s remembering which child has what activity on which days and getting them there and picking them up on time.
It’s a special goodnight routine with one child and knowing that another just wants to call goodnight through the door.
It’s having the right uniform washed and ready for a game or school.
It’s knowing the difference between a pair of shoes that meet uniform dress code and ones that don’t.
It’s a reminder that the monthly book project is always due on the last school day of the month.
Sometimes it’s much bigger than these small details.
It can be fighting for your child or giving them the push they need.
And it’s being there for them when they need you.
It’s loving them no matter what, even when they feel or are acting unlovable.
But those little details, they are a way of showing your kids that you love them. They might not thank you for those things or even realize you’re doing them, but by taking care of those small details, you’re taking care of your kids.