I don’t know about you, but the last three years of motherhood have flown by for me. Between having no real sense of time in the pandemic, reentering the world as we now know it, and kids getting older with more activities and fuller school days, I cannot believe how fast time is going. With that, comes burnout and exhaustion. I’m tired. The world does not seem like the friendliest place at the moment, and as moms we have a lot of things to worry about. That’s why this Mother’s Day, I hope we can skip the flowers and chocolates (or not, if that’s what you want!), and give moms what they really want.
A day of real rest
To me, true rest isn’t an extra 15 minutes of sleep in the morning. Of course sleeping in is nice, but I’m speaking about the rest from the physical and mental demands of motherhood. On Mother’s Day weekend, I’d like to let someone else handle the logistics so I don’t have to. I’d like to read a book or watch TV in bed while my husband gets the kids up in the morning. It’s easier said than done, but a little bit of rest can go a long way.
Words of appreciation
Let’s face it, motherhood is one of the most demanding jobs but there is no paycheck or an “A” on a report card to show for it. A homemade card, a simple “thank you,” or a hug can go a long way when the job feels thankless.
A quiet moment
I don’t want to spend a day away from my kids, but I would like an hour or two alone to do something for me. Maybe I’ll go for a walk, take a workout class, or sit outside in the sun with no disruptions. I love my kids, but it’s good for me to remember that I am my own person too.
To have fun with my kids
Since becoming a mom, I have seen some articles about moms who want to spend Mother’s Day away from their kids. And I get it, it’s hard for me to find time for myself too. If that’s what you want, do it! But this Mother’s Day, I just want to have fun with my kids. In our normal, daily routine, I am the primary caretaker and my husband is the fun dad who comes home from work and plays with the kids. I’m thankful for his playfulness and energy during the time of day when I am most tired, but on Mother’s Day, I’d like to forget some of the responsibilities and have some fun with the kids too!