As a stay-at-home mom of four kids, two dogs, and two cats with a husband who frequently works twelve hour days, things can get a little hectic around my house. These are a few of my confessions mixed in with some of the ways I cope.
My favorite guilty pleasure: I drink coffee in the shower. It’s the only peaceful place in the house and that’s because I’ve learned the hard way to always lock the door. It’s also usually the only place I have time to enjoy it before it gets cold.
I’m a helicopter parent, but I respect and admire free-range parents. To not stress over every little detail of your child’s life must feel liberating, but I wouldn’t know. I just can’t do it. Overprotection is engrained in my nature. When I go back home to visit family in Mississippi I still catch my mom worrying over my minor complaints. It’s just in our genes. 🙂
Sometimes I have to meditate before the kids get off the bus. I repeat the mantra, I will remain calm. Occasionally it works, but half the time I pour a glass of wine as soon as I know my husband is on his way home.
Best mom tip – color code your kids! Laundry became much easier when I assigned them each their own color towel. Now they don’t all get mixed up. Works for glasses in the kitchen too.
I love our pets, but they are as much work as the kids (and worse on the house). I tell myself now that I never want to get another one. But one day, I know the temptation will be there and I don’t know if I will be strong enough to resist. At that point, someone please talk me back to my senses.
I’m jealous of my own kids. 🙁 They get more time with my husband than I do.
I read books. Sometimes a good dose of fantasy is the cure for the stress of normal life.
I write books. Because I can’t always find the books I want and when I can’t sleep at night, characters run around in my head to keep me company. They won’t leave until I tell their stories.
Does anyone else have any secret coping skills I have yet to learn or confessions you would like to share?