Let's face it. We all have those days when momma-hood is not what we would like it to be. We get bogged down in the everyday rituals of keeping a family functioning. Everything from making breakfast to doing laundry to giving baths can make a momma's life seem downright yawn-worthy. And getting your children to pitch in is the daily battle. The charm of family life has worn off (way off) and you wonder how you can ever get back to the life-loving, energetic woman you once were. What is a Wow Momma to do?
The Wow Momma does two very basic things to wow her ho-hum life. First, CREATE the WOW. Excitement doesn't just happen, unless Publisher's Clearing House suddenly appears at our door. But even then, you have to play to win. We must make excitement happen. Whether it's sometime during each day or at least once a week, plan something that will make you feel like you're getting out of the rut. Excitement means something different to each of us. Maybe it's the chance to sit down for an hour with your favorite book at the coffee shop. Maybe it's heading to the water for stand-up paddle boarding. Maybe it includes your family by taking them to a go-cart track. It's whatever fuels you. But you have to make it happen. It might seem impossible with all that is on your to-do list, but it's essential not only for your well-being, but the well-being of your family. Because when momma ain't happy...well, you know.
The second thing that is necessary to get out of the momma doldrums is change your mind. As with EVERYTHING in life, attitude is queen. Just imagine what would happen if you did NOT do all those everyday chores. I don't mean this figuratively. Imagine what your life would look like, sound like, feel like, taste like and, worst of all, smell like. You would have to play Marco-Polo just to find the kids among all the mess. Would this chaotic state make you feel better? I would think not.
Keeping up with everyday chores is so much more than feeling clean. Believe it or not, you are instilling your children with good character. Look at all the wonderful qualities you are teaching them each time you maintain your household. When your children are small, you are modeling positive behavior. Your children need to see you work. They need to see what it means to take pride in taking care of themselves and their property. They learn that the mess they create has an effect on others. They learn how good it feels to be loved and taken care of. Older children learn accountability, the value of hard work and, if given an allowance, they learn how to manage money. We must remember that we are not raising children, we are raising adults...competent, responsible adults. So, Momma, take a lot of pride in what you do day in and a day out because your children are watching. And their future families will thank you!