If you are
a working mom a mom you know about worry.
I don’t even mean the big worries.
I mean the worries that you get at night, when the house is quiet and you have two minutes to think.
You know what I mean?
1) Was a good mom today?
2) Did I listen enough?
3) Was I patient enough?
4) Did I teach my kiddo anything?
5) Did we spend QUALITY time together?
6) Did we play?
Well, I had one of those nights last week and did some surfing on the net for quick activities to do with my kiddo after work. You see, I keep feeling like I make dinner, we eat, she gets a bath and then she goes to bed. I know that that isn’t really reality but it bothers me so here is my solution for right now.
I found a great site (counting-on-me.blogspot.com) with 101 activities to do with your toddler. I loved them. These are the sort of ideas that take no or almost no supplies, are quick (great for short attention spans) and are friendly for a very tired mommy.
I picked up a package of wide popsicle sticks from the dollar store,
and I started to write.
I’ve got them in a big glass on my kitchen island right next to the snack jar.
Now maybe I can get some sleep.
Thanks for the link! I'm heading over there to check it out now. I'm at home with my toddlers, but I still get that guilty feeling all.the.time…always wondering how ignored my kids feel because running a house just takes so much TIME and effort from mommy. I wonder why we as moms aren't able to see reality…only the things we didn't think we did well enough?! Crazy!
It is the curse of the mommy. We are always sure that we just haven't been "enough" for our kiddos. 🙂
That feeling doesn't go away even when the kids are teenagers. I love your idea, though. What a great resource you have made for yourself!
Thanks so much! We've used at least once a day for the past week 🙂
I don't know if we do get to sleep. Yesterday I wondered if my 13 yo was sleeping too much and why my 17 yo went to bed so early. I wrestled with thoughts of inadequacy all night. This is the time to make those connections with our children, while you can still captivate their evening. Happy parenting!
Whatever you do, you're still going to feel guilty, aren't you?