My mom worked full time the whole time we were growing up, in fact, she still does. There are 3 of us: me, my sister, and my brother. She is a 1st grade teacher in a town near us. I never realized how much she did until I had a couple kids of my own. I haven’t worked very much since my kids have been born. Part time here and there, but nothing serious. I have pretty much made my own hours and it worked out nicely. I have been at home for 2 years and love it.
I don’t get to crazy about having a spotless house. It’s clean but not spotless. I almost always put my kids to bed with dirty feet. We do baths in the morning, not a big deal to me. My mom has a fit, “It gets their sheets all dirty”. Well, maybe…but they still look pretty clean to me. You would have to understand that her house was/is spotless. Of course, she’d tell you that it needs to be cleaned…but what exactly would you clean? She never made our hairstyles last more than a day. Our fingernails we were always cut (she cuts my girls’ half of the time…hehehehehe). We never stayed in our pajamas all day. That is just how I grew up.
I don’t know how she did it???!!!
Granted, I don’t do as much as I could…but sometimes I just want to sit outside and read a book while my kids play in their pajamas getting dirty feet (of course they’re bare) and have crazy bed head. I have (more than once or twice) let them wear a hairstyle for a couple days. If it looks ok, why waste time messing with it? I will purposely put their hair in some styles that will allow that without too many people thinking they are rag muffins. Now that it’s nice out I can get away with a little more….it’s the ‘I’ve been playing outside all day’ look instead of the ‘we’re too lazy to fix our bed head’ look. You should try it….it’s fun!
So, even with the comments from my mom when she stops over after work and we are still in jammies, we will still have fun. What kind of life are you experiencing if you are always squeaky clean? Why create more laundry for myself if we aren’t going anywhere? We can just play ourselves right back into bed…..lol.
I love my mom and she was a wonderful mom and is a wonderful grandma, but I don’t know how she kept up all of that. We really would’ve been ok not to have a bath every night, or have crazy hair, or to just play in jammies all day. Who are you like, me or my mom?
People often ask me how I do it having 4 girls and usually more kids during the day. I really don’t see how it’s that hard. Don’t stress the small stuff, don’t make more work for yourself than you need to, and just relax! It makes for a very peaceful, simple life.