I had to take the crew with me on my run /walk this morning. I have been getting up before they awake and thoroughly enjoying that 45 minutes to an hour of me time. Marianna has been laying the guilt on hard. "Why don't you take me with you?" "I need to exercise too." "It's not fair for you to go without me." WHAT? Where in the manual does it say I have to be with child 24/7?
Why is it so easy for us Mom's to feel guilty? I know I shouldn't feel badly for not taking her. Most of me does not. There is a small part of me that is bothered by her statements. I wish I wasn't upset about it, but I do end up feeling guilty. My emotional side makes me think, maybe I should take her...then the sensible part of me says No, you need time to be by yourself and she is going to have to deal with it. Wow! I wished I listened to my sensible side more often.
There has to be a balance. Why don't they make my husband feel guilty? They don't seem as bothered when he does something kid free. Why is there a double standard? Maybe it is because I am with them constantly. My point EXACTLY...
I was given this poem from one of my daughter's teachers. I just love it. It made me laugh (really hard) and cry all at the same time. Motherhood is all about balance and I don't know when we ever figure it out, if we do at all. As long as we do our best and love our children with our hearts and soul, then our job is well done.
If You Give A Mom A Muffin
It truly is hard to believe tomorrow is the 4th of July. Our lazy days of summer are going quickly. Where has the time gone?
"I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died who gave that right to me." ~ Lee Greenwood