It’s so easy to get into the grind of daily life when you’re on autopilot: packing lunches, commuting, sitting at your desk, doing kid pickup, throwing dinner together, unpacking backpacks, and trying to make the house not look disgusting.
So I’m just here to remind you of a few things that you may do on a daily basis that may not seem all that exciting, but are actually pretty cool feats. For some reason, these things stuck out to me this past week — so I am recognizing them as accomplishments. Mom-plishments if you will.
**Holding a conversation with another mom while both of your kids are equally losing their minds. Another mother and I were holding a pretty decent conversation during school pickup while our kids were talking to each other, talking to us, and pretty much just going berserk with excitement. The next time you find yourself in a similar situation, give yourself a pat on the back. Having any sort of meaningful conversation under these circumstance is pretty impressive.
**Singing my daughter to sleep. No one wants to hear me sing. It’s OK, no hard feelings here, I’ve come to accept it. But I do have an arsenal of Indigo Girls, Cowboy Junkies, and Ani lyrics burning within me. And my over tired 4-year-old who really wants to snuggle and is not ready for me to leave her room at bedtime actually asks me to sing. I know it’s got nothing to do with my golden pipes. But sitting on the floor of her dimly lit room at night, I feel like a rock star.
**(Attempting to correctly) answer deep questions posed to you by an inquiring pre-K regarding things like death or dying while trying to navigate rush hour traffic and create a grocery list in your head. This one always causes me to stop for a minute, take a deep breath, and think. Because no matter what I say, that little face peering back at me in the rear view mirror has an incredible memory and will cite the explanation for what happens when you die that I’m about to give her for years to come. No one told me there was going to be a test. Ugh.
There are millions of little moments throughout our careers as mothers that when looked at a little closer are actually triumphs and enviable skills — mom-plishments. Don’t forget to give yourself credit!