Help for the Frazzled Mom!
Faster, Higher, Stronger.
With the Olympics just behind us, I have been thinking how amazing those athletes were and what it must take to get their bodies and minds to a place where they can compete on such a level.
Then my thoughts turned to the everyday life of a mother. I have always felt mothers don't get the credit they deserve for all they do. In fact, moms go unrecognized and much of the time unappreciated.
Isn't it about time someone started awarding Gold Medals to mothers for what they achieve on a daily basis? After all, each and every day is an Olympic event for mom!
Just participating in the following field events qualifies you in the Motherhood Olympics and a Gold Medal....or better yet, a chocolate covered Gold Medal!
- Diaper Derby Dash → Chasing un-diapered toddler in order to diaper said toddler before he does his "business" on the carpet.
- Early Morning Relay Rush → Waking, bathing, dressing, feeding, carpooling, & hugging five children before school bell rings each morning. Rushing back to school to drop off forgotten lunch and homework. Rushing to store to get room mother treats. Rushing home to attempt Diaper Derby Dash on toddler. Rushing back to school to be spectacular room mother. Rushing home to put toddler down for nap. Rushing to clean up kitchen and do three loads of laundry. Rushing back to store for forgotten items for dinner. Rushing to dentist for twice missed appointment. Rushing home to attempt and once again train for Diaper Derby Dash. All before 10 a.m.
- Nerves of Steel Tantrumathon→ Remaining completely calm while toddler throws self on filthy floor and begins to wail at top of lungs while in crowded store with many onlookers throwing dirty looks your way.
- 100 yard Hurdle→ Hurdling high across the sandbox full of children to grab binky covered in sand before baby puts it in mouth.
- 50 Yard Sprint→ Sprinting to the curb in a split second while in high heels to grab toddler before runs into busy intersection.
- Weight Lifting→ Hoisting ten bags of groceries, one sleeping toddler, an infant in car seat, diaper bag, car keys, purse, one half eaten Happy Meal, and dry cleaning without dropping ...while carrying it all into house in one trip.
- Wrestling Freestyle→ Leave busy restaurant with squirming child in arms with relaxed but firm body hold.
- Balance Beam Routine → Balancing check book, three nutritious meals a day (plus snacks), laundry, house cleaning, carpooling, piano lessons, dance lessons, trumpet lessons, football practice, karate practice, soccer practice, Cub Scouts, Brownies, grocery shopping, holiday traditions, homework, dentist appts., doctor appts., recitals, school concerts, menu planning, PTA meetings, vacations, science fair projects, and many other things too numerous to mention.
Parenting is the real test of all endurance sports, even without the worry of fellow competitors constantly sizing you up and getting scored by the many judges in the field. It tests you physically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically. But no matter how much training or practicing, is this sport ever really mastered? Do we get called to a platform to stand proudly while the world looks upon us with admiration?
When it comes to the sport of parenting, perhaps just showing up each and every day to practice and train faster, higher, stronger, in order to improve and do better means you have earned that Gold Medal.
Besides, having those precious little arms wrapped around your neck is much better than having even an Olympic Gold Medal placed around it. And the victory is even sweeter...even if it was chocolate covered.☺