I Cannot Emphasize Enough How Much Your Life Will Change with a Mother’s Helper

May 22, 2015 by



That moment when you smack your head after realizing that you could have saved yourself literally years of agony if you had only decided long, long ago to have someone come to your house in the morning to help get the kids ready for school, amirite?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of knowing this experience, let me lay it out for you:  having a part-time nanny or similarly situated individual come to your house to make your children go pee, get them dressed, and give them something to eat besides a half-eaten Wendy’s Frosty you find in your freezer is SO GREAT.

Yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 and made myself some coffee.  Our newly appointed mother’s helper (or parent’s helper, or child care assistant, etc., for the political correctness-minded among you) let herself in the house to wake my sleeping munchkins while I enjoyed my shower.

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We all learned in science class that inertia is the resistance among physical objects to any change in its state of motion, including changes to its speed and direction. That an object at rest tends to stay at rest, an object in motion (like moms) tend to stay in motion. Last week I shared my apprehension about changing my routine and going back to work after having been out of the game for almost a year. The laws of inertia have a firm hold on me right now as I am finding that the longer I have been with my baby, the harder going back to a demanding work schedule will be. But deep down I know this is the right choice for me and my family and now that I have made the decision to pursue this work, I am determined to overcome the force called resistance. I am putting all of my energy into an action plan so that I may overcome inertia and get “unstuck” from the safe, comfortable routine I have been in. Here’s what I am doing to get psyched up:

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