“This is one of those things that no one probably realizes I do,” I say to myself as I tediously cut a post it that I am using as a temporary label to stick to my daughter’s dresser drawer. I don’t think much people give any thought to what it takes to organize a child’s clothes. Or five children for that matter. Trading out clothes based on season or size, storing them up to be passed down, or simply trying to lay them in the drawer neatly all fall into the category of things I wonder if my husband notices I do.
As mom’s we all want to be validated. We work hard. We just want a pat on the back every once in awhile. So for anyone who has ever been asked, “Just what do you do all day?” Here is the answer.
We are secret agents. Most of what we do is done under the wire. Behind closed doors. We are warriors that fight 2 year old wanna-be dictators. Generals that are delegating a small army of tiny humans while still trying to teach them how to love and be kind.
I am reminded of that little poster that used to say all the things a mom is: a nurse, a taxi driver, a teacher, ect… while all that is true, I still don’t think it does a mom justice.
There is a lot to our job that is physical, like the driving, the cooking and the cleaning. But what about the mental work? There is SO much mental work to being a mom.
A lot of SHOWING and a lot of FIGHTING.
All day, among the cooking, cleaning, dressing, bathing and what not there is just so much “showing”. Our kids will learn by our example more than anything we ever tell them.
Every day, we are showing our kids how to use manners.
We are showing them love and warmth along with discipline and self control.
We are showing them how to treat the things we own (like our furniture or toys) with respect so they will last longer.