As today is Mother's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post an article that I wrote a few years ago, about how a local ad in a newspaper would read if someone was looking to hire someone for the position of "MOM".
Desperately Seeking One Mom: Required Immediately!
This entails cleaning the floors and vacuuming (especially in the kitchen due to crumbs from children’s dinners and snacks that always make their way to the floors). You may need extra time in this area if pancakes, honey or juice is served - as all leave a sticky residue behind, where inevitably some unsuspecting guest will get stuck in it. Please note: You may need to clean the same area more than once during the day depending on number of times the children eat.
As well, laundry is to be done on a regimented basis to ensure that all family members have fresh clothes to wear each day. You may find yourself doing more laundry than initially intended, as the children tend to go through two to three outfits per day (see above re: eating habits) and may or may not include your husband, if it is a weekend.
Making the beds (this could sometimes be two to three times a day, depending on how many times the children jump on the bed and/or pull it apart).
Dusting is a must and cannot be overlooked. I stress this because it is a guarantee that the time you do decide not to dust, is the same day an in-law or friend will drop in to say hello and witness your bad cleaning skills......
As parents we must provide unconditional love. The type of love that has no expectations, no conditions and no ending – it does not “come and go”- it just is. We just give it, because we have it in us to give.
We need to let go of expectations or preconceived notions about our children and learn to separate them from their behaviour. After all, providing a child with unconditional love is the corner stone of their self-esteem...