Sometimes parenting is just hard. Not for one particular reason or even for ten. There are those days when I just feel ‘out of it’ and all I want to do is hole myself up under my covers and never emerge. Yet as a mom to young children that’s not an option. My bad mood, foggy brain, or distracted mind doesn’t matter. Diapers have to be changed, breakfast has to be made, noses have to be wiped, quarrals moderated, teaching, discipline…you get the idea.
Today is one of those ‘off’ days for me. My mind is so preoccupied with upcoming to dos, grief over the Syrian Refugee families, lack of motivation to do laundry or dishes. So the TV is on. I fear it will be on the rest of the day as the kids aren’t napping well and Daddy has church tonight so he won’t be home to give me a reprieve.
I know I should ‘treasure these times’ and ‘choose joy’ but frankly I am tired. Three kids under 5 is exhausting. Do you feel me mamas? I don’t want to complain, I don’t even mean to complain, I just want solidarity. I want you to know that I don’t have it all together. I have those days too. And when I do I need my mom friends. The ones who understand. The ones I can text at 4pm and say I can’t do it anymore I’m coming over for dinner. The ones who don’t care if my house is clean or their house is clean. It only matters that we can come together and tackle mothering together. The ones who will challenge me and point me to Christ. Who encourage me and tell me I’m doing a great job. My SOS people.
I think I better go call one becasue cooking ain’t happening tonight.
Have you found your SOS people in your parenting journey?