Moms ROCK! (But it sure ain't an easy gig, especially for workin' moms.)
I always tell people I feel like a stay-at-home-mom that works, but this morning I realized it's just a catchy phrase that downplays the reality of my job as a teacher. Yes, I'm only in the classroom 5 hours a week, which is an ideal mom-job, but when I awoke this morning, looked around at the clothes I'd left on the floor, the dinner dishes in the sink, and the stacks of mounting papers on the kitchen counter, I thought, I guess I'm more of a work-at-home-mom that works.
This happens every fall when I start teaching again. I only notice it because August is so pricelessly dull. I get to clean the bathrooms in August. In August I get to water the plants and send out the belated Christmas cards and look for my grail. But the thing I love most about August is that I get to be consistant with my kids. It's an aggravating, monotonous, repetitive process, but someone's got to do it (at least once a year).
Today, as I feel my grasp on domestic order slipping steadily away and I mourn it's passing, I am trying to stay on the sunny side of life. I am looking back longingly to when I was seriously so bored, and I am looking forward reluctantly to being frantically so stressed, and I am holding on tight--like water in a net--to all my little mom-victories of August.
Small steps . . . like teaching the kids how to bargain rather than bully for what they want. For instance, yesterday one son asked the other son to make him a sandwich . . . and he did. Why don't you let him make his own sandwhich, I told him. Because, he said, if I make him a sandwich he'll let me play his Halo III for 2 days.
Now that's progress.
And so is this:
- 3/4 kids are making their beds regularly every morning, without being asked, and have been for the past 4 weeks.
- 2/4 kids are applying sunscreen every morning before school, without being asked.
- 4/4 leave for school on time, without being asked.
- 2/4 are putting their back packs away after they finish their homework, without being asked.
- 3/4 are reading for at least 20 mintues at night, without being asked.
- 4 /4 are doing their homework after school, without me badgering them to death.
- 4/4 are badgering me to death after school about their homework. (They could just ask!)
Can't wait until next August!
Maybe by then I'll be making sandwiches for my son too.