Finding endurance as a SAHM

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

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I often get questions about how in the world I can stay home with my kids. All day. Every day. Bedtime. Breakfast. No naps in the afternoon.

My kids don’t go to school, or day care. They never have. I don’t judge those who do send their kids somewhere. This is just what’s working for us. I’m not made of gold and I’m not perfect, nor do I want to appear that way. I have some lofty ideals and most of the time I don’t hold a candle up to the me I want to be. I hope I never will, cos that would mean that I’ve stopped trying.

Usually I get questions about how I deal with my kids on a day to day basis. As you might imagine, these questions come from moms whose kids are on vacation right now. In other words, they go to school, and their moms aren’t sure how to keep them entertained, etc.

I’m not gonna give you tips on activities to do simply because I’m talking about the mother role. A lot of what I think exhausts me during the day is trying to talk myself out of a lot of reactions. My kids, mostly the talkly 4.5 year old will tell me that I let her do everything she wants. Not entirely true but a wonderful way to live your childhood.

I really think that staying home with your kids takes a lot of endurance. Just like in a long distance marathon, you don’t want to sprint the first mile. You need to make sure you have enough in you to get through to the end.

You might have been hearing me complain about solo parenting this last week. Well, part of why I wasn’t rockin’ my role as caregiver was that I sprinted. I went too fast, too soon, and wore myself out too quickly.

After a couple of days, I got my endurance back.

The way endurance manifests in me is creativity. I’m able to creatively address my kids’ concerns, make cleaning up fun yet efficient, and still find time to browse the internet and glance at forums.

Now that I’m ready to rock ‘n roll mama-style, my husband gets back tomorrow super early in the morning and I’ll probably revert back to a shorter marathon of a day.

At least I know I can do it.

A tee speaks louder than words

June 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are some more t-shirts I find amusing. I don’t own them and nobody’s paying me to post this. I’m just entertaining myself with this entry.

First off, if you can’t make out the reference the t-shirt is making, you’ll live. I’m sure you’ve got stuff in your head that’s filling the space that this little bit of information would have inhabited.

There are a ton of t-shirts that I’m loving. These three shirts kinda sum me up right now as far as where I find my entertainment. The Calvin and Hobbes tee is perfect in so many ways. One of them is finding my son almost identically replicating this scene just cos he’s in love with dinosaurs and dinos need to talk to each other.

Slowing down at bilingual baby blog

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Anytime I come to blog, I end up editing myself so much that I lose all interest in blogging. It’s not that I don’t care about the same issues I had earlier. I just have more energy for other activities and I’m more inspired to write about that stuff.

I’m also reminding myself that my kids are going to likely be online in a few years and I wonder how much of the stuff I’ve blogged about should stay up. I like sharing my experiences.

So, if you feel like reading my thoughts, go over to www.threedresses.wordpress.com for some sewing posts. I’m working on a number of things. I can’t promise you’ll be entertained but there’s always that possibility. Go there now!

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