Sometimes the positive aspects of motherhood get swept away in the deluge of busyness, discipline, the day-to-day grind, and the bigger burdens that weigh us down. Focusing on the little wins can be a great way to re-center and come back to what matters most. So that’s what today is – a celebration of motherhood victories, whether they be big or small. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.
We had a very regular week this week, but it really dragged for me. I got to the end of the week and couldn’t think of anything I felt proud of – a sure sign I needed to regroup and refocus. It seemed somewhat melodramatic to claim this week’s win as being the fact that everybody survived or that I only let one load of laundry mildew… So I thought long and hard and came up with this:
I recently started taking the two little kids to a weekly story time at Barnes & Noble. Anyone who brings a list with 20 books they’ve read since the last story time gets to pick a little treat out of a treasure chest. The fact that the treats are recycled Happy Meal toys is of no consequence to my children – they love getting to pick something. So I feel a lot of pressure to make sure I’ve read 20 books to each of them.
This is a marked change from Gabe. When Gabe was little, we easily read 10 books to him every day, at a minimum. Probably more like 15. Isla and Jude, however, aren’t that lucky! Let’s not talk about my guilt over that. Every week since we’ve started going, I’ve had to work hard to get to 20. Usually, it has ended up with me picking 6 or 8 of their shortest books to read just before we rush out the door to the event. Enter Goodnight Moon and Truck Duck…Nothing like the last minute!
This week, I only had to catch up with 2. Thursday morning was practically leisurely! We’d read 18 books throughout the course of the week, AND had remembered to keep track. And now, my children are two McDonald’s toys richer. Boom.
What was your win this week, big or little? I’d love to hear about your win and cheer you on in the comments!