As parents, how often do we speak the truth about what goes on in our heads and behind closed doors. Some live in towns where they don’t want to be labeled or judged by others so they keep the intimate details and personal thoughts all to themselves. Me…. I’m an open book and although I do agree that my kids deserve the right to tell their own stories, until they are able, I will continue to be the mouthpiece sharing my (our) lives with the world.
In the essence of sharing, I thought it would be entertaining to highlight some of what I have personally been feeling this week about my awesome and not-so-awesome parenting moments.
On Monday, I wrote (posted on FB) about the kids off of school this week and how we should all try to take a moment and reset/enjoy some of the time with them rather than give into the stress of what it means to entertain or shuttle or occupy their time for the week – especially for those of us in our normal elements and not away on vacation. In reflecting back on my life as a full-time working commuting mom, I realized or should I say I self-admitted that life was easier then during weeks like this one where I was working and not taking off. I didn’t have to organize, plan and entertain. I went to work and had an amazing nanny to do the dirty work. In this realization, I also came to terms with the flip sides of that previous life. Being a full-time, entrepreneur that works from home, life during a vacation week presents a whole new set of challenges. Similar to the full-time, stay at home mom which is also a very difficult job, we have to balance these vacation days with work and responsibilities while trying to balance the kids’ schedules and the shuttling service. I kept thinking, how the hell am I going to get any work done during the day?!? And I felt tons of guilt for even feeling this way.
As I consider myself to be a master of time management, I still felt the pull of my kids wanting mommy time but knowing full well that mommy time means not mommy holding a cell phone, sitting at her laptop or with her head in her work. So in putting my own challenge out to world on Monday, here’s where I am at 5 days into vacation.
I’ve accomplished and tried to squeeze a Life Lesson (LL) into each one:
- Being fun mommy at least once a day for at least and hour or two. LL: I’ve actually had a really fun time doing it.
- Feeding kids cupcakes for breakfast (sorry Rabbi). LL: Even mommies crave sweet treats for breakfast but it feels better to start the day with a healthy choice. The next day we had protein (Eggs and Bacon – sorry again Rabbi) for breakfast.
- Playing dodgeball chasing them around the house. LL: Don’t shoot at the face. Don’t mess with a Navy Seal. They always win.
- Giving in to dying their hair pink and purple (occupied about two – three hours and they were so excited the entire time that no energy or entertainment was needed on my part. LL: hair color is temporary and can always wash out. I told them both…. Don’t do anything to your hair or body that you can’t reverse – this is due to the fear my little one will want a real tattoo sooner than later.
- Movie (Superhero) marathon all week long. LL: Talked about how awesome girl superheroes are like Black Widow who can kick anyone’s ass. (I did use child appropriate language while explaining)
During vacation week, it’s ok to:
- Feel the stress of the week and dread it
- Still make time for yourself and your workout or manicure or whatever it is you do for yourself
- Crave a cocktail before noon even if you’re not on a beach
- Dump your kids on someone else for a few hours
- Over-schedule them at back to back workshops or Unlimited Sports and then Parisi and then a play date
- Hide: I’m not really working, I’m in the basement avoiding you and your sister and your bickering about absolutely nothing
Here are a few things I’ve accepted this week:
- I’m a better mom after a workout.
- I’m more fun after two glasses of wine – this goes for non-vacation days as well.
- I could have handled many moments differently this week but we only have so much patience (I tend to think I have much less than most people). I do make sure to apologize after I yell and explain how we both could have handled the situation differently.
- My kids are 6 and 8 and I need to accept that they don’t appreciate half the shit I do for them now but only hope they’ll appreciate it later in life.
- My kids like me a lot better when i’m a silly, goofy, funny, cool, non-mommy life figure. Sorry kids, at the end of the day, I’m still your mother.
In a nutshell, being home during a vacation week is f’in hard and it’s ok to ride the rollercoaster of good mom, fun mom, mean mom, crazy mom, buzzed mom, happy mom and exhausted mom. That’s what it’s all about, right? We had kids so they could torture us like we tortured our parents but at the end of the day, those cute little animals make life a lot more fun and exciting and help us appreciate the little (and big) things in life that make us truly happy.
Enjoy the rest of your vacation week.