(Inside: See the joy in mom life. If we can all spend 14 hours racing through mom life, doing all the things, we can spend 5 minutes to do this powerful joy producer.)
When it’s time to go to bed at night, I shut down as quickly as a power outage. Instantly, I’m OVER grading papers, taxing my kids to activities, and asking my kids to give back my phone charger.
The other night, I walked into my son’s room and curtly declared, “It’s time for bed.”
However, the scene made me stop. My three boys were sitting together with Pokémon cards spread out in front of them. My 14, 12 and 9-year-old were laughing, sharing about their day and discussing my youngest son’s card trades he made with the neighbor kid.
Then, I surprised myself – instead of the urge to hurry everyone to bed, I felt my heart and mind still.
This love in the room.
This shared feeling of connecting and belonging.
This is why I grade papers and work so darn hard in my career – to help financially provide for these little (not-so-little) humans. This is why I taxi them around to activities – to give them opportunities to grow their talents and create a community of friends that surround them. This is why I busy myself cleaning the house, making dinner and looking for my phone charger – to provide them with a safe, enjoyable place to come home to every night.
All the busyness – it’s for them. So, if I don’t pause to collect the small sacred moments in my day, why do I do it?
So, I sat myself on the floor right next to the bed. My goldendoodle came over and nestled against me. I stroked her fur, listened to my boys’ chatter and let my heart feel joy. I soaked in the love in the room.
If I can spend 7 hours at work, 3 hours shuffling boys around and 100 hours cleaning/cooking/finding-my-cell-phone-charger, I can take 5 minutes to remember the reason I mom so hard. I can stop for 5 minutes to enjoy this life that I’m living with the people I love so much.
That 5 minutes of a pause gave me joy that will lasted much longer.
Mom life really is very, very good.If I can spend 7 hours at work, 3 hours shuffling boys around and 100 hours cleaning/cooking/finding-my-cell-phone-charger, I can take 5 minutes to remember the reason I mom so hard. Click To Tweet
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.