The parenting shuffle.
Juggling the kids and their schedules-pushing this thing off to that time, doubling up on work one day to make time the next, asking for help with carpooling the kids.
It’s no joke.
But I make it work. It’s what moms do.
We get our kids where they need to be, when they need to be there.
And some of those “needs” are really more like wants, but we get it figured out. It can feel exhausting sometimes, but it’s doable, for the most part.
But if you can make it work for the kids, you can make it work for you, too.
You deserve to do more than just work and take care of everyone else.
Think of the Golden Rule about treating others the way you’d want to be treated. It’s not treat others like kings and never make yourself a priority.
It’s so easy to say that there’s no time for ourselves.
But if we can make the time for all the things our kids want to do… we can make a little bit of time for ourselves, too.
It doesn’t have to be something big (even though a week long girls’ getaway sounds pretty heavenly).
It can be coffee or lunch (or margaritas) with a friend. Go to the movies. Browse a bookstore for an hour alone (or stroll the aisles of Target, if that’s more your thing). The past two weeks, I’ve found time to go kayaking.
It’s probably not every day or realistically, not even every week. But once a month, to have just a few hours that are about you and what you want to do… that’s doable.
I know, I know, you like doing things for your kids. I do, too.
It’s fulfilling and all that warm mom stuff. It is.
But it’s okay to do something for you. It is.
And you can make it work.
After all, you figured out how to get one child to soccer practice, another to tennis, and a third to a friend’s birthday party, when they were all happening at the same time and all the kids wanted you there for at least part of it.
And if you can juggle that, you can find some time in your schedule for you, too.
I promise, no one is going to call the mom police on you if you do something that’s just for you. Find the time.