I read this post earlier today: “So…A Clean House,” and it inspired me to put together this entry.
I believe that most mothers struggle with the guilt of having a messy home. We feel guilty because we are not able to provide our family with the clutter free and sparkling environment that they deserve. I was tortured with this feeling of guilt for quite some time, especially because as a young adult I lived with quite a strict set of codes for domestic harmony. It was only when I had my first child that I was no longer able to keep my environment as clean and organized as I want it to be–and that was really frustrating. Thankfully, my husband helped me take a fresh perspective on things and let go of my guilt and feelings of frustration. We’ve realized that skipping cleaning and chores to play with your kids might be just as important as doing the chores themselves.
Yes, it is important to straighten the sofa, vacuum the floor, dust the furniture, scrub the bathroom floor, etc. However, skipping cleaning and chores to play with your kids once in a while isn’t going to throw your life into shambles.
I hope my children look back on today
And see a mother who had time to play.
There will be years for cleaning and cooking..
For children grow up while we’re not looking.