I have three kids under six and I so wish more than one napped! My youngest is one and half and starting to baulk at naps, so my reprieve from hyper-vigilance is fleeting. He is all boy, climbing everything, finding trouble and making messes! I work from home and this has gotten increasingly harder over the last few years due to multiple factors - more children, husband working more, starting homeschool and of course less nap time. Any type of quiet time is hard in our small house since we seem on top of each other. Plus, I turn around and see that my toddler took out every possible toy from his room and brought it to the living room while I was dealing with his sister. Peace on Tuesdays is needed!
Mondays I try to attack the housework so Tuesdays I can be more available for my work, but my energy has been lagging lately. I am grateful that God gave me the phrase "Smarter not Harder" last January and I really was diligent in creating space in my work load by training others. If I had not done that I would be drowning now for sure. This year He has given me the word "Peace" and my mission is to simplify in as many areas as I can, so peace reigns in our home.
When we first moved in ...9 years ago... we painted soothing colors of blues and greens, so I know peaceful decor isn't really what God is getting at,despite the fact that it could use a new coat to freshen things up. I believe he is wanting me to find more peace at home by really being able to enjoy it without my constant mental checklist distracting me. So, I have been utilizing tools to remove the mental checklist into an actual one with prompts so I can just tackle the next thing without taking additional time analyzing what should be next or trying to remember when the last time I changed the filter on the AC unit. (I use my phone's reminders list which allows me to choose repeating tasks with biweekly/weekly/monthly prompts and this has helped immensely.)
I am a type A wanting to be closer to a type B. I want the balance of productivity with the enjoyment of beauty.
And here is the big point - when there isn't a prompt, I want to be in the moment with my children. I want to relish their childhood because I know how quickly you blink and that sweet baby becomes a opinionated child. I am not ready to blink and hand over my car keys to a teenager, so I am trying to be in the moment more which can be exhausting. It is a lot of repetition! I enjoy my children one on one, but when they all start clamoring I feel like my sanity is hanging by a thread. Raising kids is hard and being able to put the world on pause and enjoy a moment is a win! So, on these tedious Tuesdays, to restore peace we:
- Give more grace to not accomplish A,B or C (for the children and for myself)
- Have a dance party to reset bad moods - ( I close the blinds!)
- Go on walks to get out of the house. (Looking forward to starting trails when baby is big enough!)
- Declare a PJ day (sometimes a movie night too - with popcorn!)
- Go to the library and grab another bag of books
- Meet friends at a park (sometimes with a picnic)
- Find a Geocache
- Sneak out after dad is home for coffee with friends!! (hello? Starbucks anyone?)
What do you do to salvage a day - or make it through a long one?
I can always use more ideas -Please and thank you!!!