Wednesday, July 8, 2015

5 Things {Some} Working Moms Think About on Monday Mornings


We working moms cherish our weekends with our family because we know Monday morning will roll around all too soon, and it will be back to the grind – work for us, child care for our kiddos, and lots of schedules, routines, and hurrying. Those relaxed moments over the weekend are so precious.

Before I had kids, Monday mornings were rough. Back to the grind meant waking up early and not being on my own time for the next five days straight. After kids, I couldn’t even really tell you what my own time means anymore, so that factor is relatively inconsequential.

And, let’s face it, what is early? Really, if I can sleep until 6 a.m., I feel like I’ve won the lottery.

So, yes, we love our children {obviously} and we appreciate the way weekends slow our pace, but there are also a few things we appreciate about Monday mornings …

I will drink my entire cup of coffee while it is still hot. Okay, maybe not my first cup, because one small person or another will inevitably need something before my third sip. This is okay, though, because there will come a time and a place for a second cup. That time and place will be at the quiet of my desk after everyone has gone to school. And my coffee will be hot down to the last drop.

Mommy guilt, be gone. The schedule is the schedule. I don’t know about you, but my kids always ask for outlandish activities or outings. Ice cream for breakfast, a quick trip to Hawaii, joining the circus this week. “Please, Mommy, please?! You never let us do anything fun.” I know these are silly requests, but I often feel the guilt of constantly being the reason for the no. When Monday morning rolls around, no is not my fault. We have work and school, and that’s just the way life works.

I don’t have to find an excuse for not being crafty for the next five days. I am terrible at kid-type projects. Chalk and paint and art supplies in general leave me overwhelmed and thinking about all the messes we will make. I can read stories and build towers any time, but I tend to shy away from anything that has ever found its way to Pinterest. So, unless a holiday is looming, I tend to take the pressure off of myself during the work week. The kids do at least a half dozen art project at school, and I’m glad for the help.

Aaahhh, lunch break. Whether it is a lunch break with adult conversation or jamming your own music during your commute or just a five minute pause in the day to check email or social media or call to check in on family or friends … it is quiet. I am very aware that a lot of moms do not have breaks like these, so I am always grateful for the quiet moments that I can sneak into my work week.

I can actually hear myself think. Tell me it’s not just me. Those tiny little people have sucked your brain dry, too, right? Yesterday, while trying to explain something to Husband that should have taken 60 seconds, I explained ‘when is Thursday’ in roughly a dozen different ways to both my preschooler and toddler. Then I promptly forgot what I was trying to tell Husband. On Monday morning, not only can I hear myself think, but I can actually remember most of my thoughts. The novelty!


What are you thinking when Monday morning rolls around? 

10 comments:

  1. Haha that's awesome and true!! I work from home so I get those breaks during nap time. Mama needs a break, just how it is!

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    1. So glad you get a little break during the day!

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  2. I feel bad thinking of what I put my mother through as a toddler! I'm sure that she had all these thoughts! Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Great post! These are all so true. I can never drink a cup of coffee. It literally takes me all day. And your last point about being able to hear yourself think, I had to laugh at. I feel like this every day too! But soon enough they will be grown and we'll probably be sitting there sad, drinking our hot cups of coffee, reminiscing about the times we couldn't! haha.

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  4. I am blessed right now to be able to be home with my children, BUT this is totally how I feel about nap time or bedtime... "What?! I can finally eat a meal in peace and quiet?! I can watch whatever I want on tv?!" :)

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    1. Peace and quiet... Glad you get a little break!

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  5. SO, SO true! I can't remember the last time I had a hot cup of coffee...

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    1. Maybe we should just start drinking iced coffee?

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