But here's the one I could really identify with:
Taking care of kids actually isn't that hard.
But it can make everything else in life nearly impossible.
Can I manage the tasks that they bring to me every single moment of every blessed day? Sure. Who can't tie shoes and wipe noses and pack diaper bags and read bedtime stories?
Certainly, I can.
But can I also stay on top of the coupons, manage the checkbook, water the plants, fold the laundry, update the scrapbooks, write the thank you notes, and then find time to do a single thing that I want to do??
And then I got to this paragraph, from a mom who "blogs in her spare time," of all things:
"I used to get frustrated. Then I realized I absolutely had to
compartmentalize my time. So if your kid is napping, or mesmerized by a DVD,
seize the moment agressively. Whenever you can, don't waste valuable solo time
on chores or errands. In my house, naps and the post-bedtime hours are
chore-free zones: I write, read, or just catch up on emails."
Well, thank you very much, you anonymous mother with deep insight into my soul. This paragraph may as well have been God-breathed. A heavenly chorus played in my head, and an angelic beam of light shone upon the page.
By all means, I will do just that. The kids are sleeping or otherwise engaged? Then this moment could be mine. All mine. I can choose to do the ironing or make my grocery list, or I could do those later. I could claim their naptimes for ME, for crying out loud. (I have already done this on occasion, but I'm usually distracted by the many should-do's rather than the want-to's.)
And after all, this comes from Parenting magazine. Can I ask for a greater source on all things parenting and time management? I think not.