Do you ever have those days when you feel like you are going in all directions? I’m sure you do. As a Homeschool Mom with only three children It seems like every moment can feel that way.
Because we are at home the expectations of our domestic abilities, coaching abilities, referee abilities, spiritual, instructing and our knowledge all of our abilities, are higher. Or, does this apply to all woman?
There are sunny days like today when I wish I could wake up and six of me would appear. There would be one for each member of the family that happened to be home at the time and then there would be me.
The Me would go take a long walk on of the our local trails. I think I would have a imaginary dog that was well behaved and lounged when I wanted to sit and observe nature. I think Me might call a girlfriend and tell her to send her kids to Grandma’s house and we’ll go get a massage or sit a the downtown coffee house and have a special Latte.
But, there is just me. Not six.
Who watches Sponge Bob? Assuming you have a T.V. with cable you most likely have been heard that little sponges cackle. One day the kids were watching the show and it was about “Opposite Day”. A light bulb went off in my head. This is something I have to do. Have an Opposite Day.
This day is special because I am the only one that is aware of this day. Celebrating Opposite Day brings about a song also from our friend Sponge Bob, The Best Day Ever. Are you becoming curious? I hope so. This is a key ingredient to having a peaceful day. And it is so simple. Just be your other you. The positive, happy, go with flow mom. I’m not saying that you or that I am an unhappy, negative, go against the grain mom but I can be naggy. When I find the kids playing computer games instead of working on their paper for Boy Scouts, I might get a little annoyed. When the socks appear to be reproducing on the living room floor, frustrated is a word that comes to mind.
On Opposite Day I come to be a yes mom. The mom who picks up all the socks, again, without a scolding following behind me as I leave the room, socks in arms. A gentle reminder about the paper that still needs to be completed instead of a consequence dolled out.
And I will tell you that putting this into practice brings such peace. I can’t speak for all kids but mine seem to mirror me on these days. They help with the socks and maybe the laundry too. Sometimes they even finish the paper that needs to be turned in. Maybe Sponge Bob is really a good adviser.
Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.