Have you ever had one of those weeks? Schedules and chore systems are in place? Check. Meals and school work have been planned? Check. And everyone in the household is trained in what they’re supposed to be doing? Check.
But, for some reason, the week just didn’t go as you thought it would?
Maybe it was illness. Could have been a teething baby. Lack of sleep? Visiting relatives? Power outages. Extra work brought home from the office? A barrage of telephone calls from the insurance company. Whatever.
Basically, the house is a wreck and everyone is unhappy.
Maybe it would be best to rephrase that.
The house is a wreck and mom is unhappy.
Sounds like a great time to drop everything and clean. Or find the lost TV controller. Or return laundry back to children’s rooms. Or, empty the kitchen sink of dirty dishes. Or, un-bury the laptop from underneath the craft supplies left out from the last round of holiday projects.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday. It doesn’t matter what else you “planned” to accomplish today. If cleaning, sorting, finding, or anything else is tugging at your attention and making productive work impossible, it’s perfectly alright, in fact recommended, to call a time out.
Many a homeschooling mom has come to this conclusion on her own. Suffering through another day of chaos and disorderliness is simply not an option in some households, because these wise women realize that nothing could possibly be accomplished anyway.
Perhaps they don’t admit it, but lots of moms do this, because they know that it works. Take a lesson – it’s okay. You can do it, too.
Don’t be afraid to cancel school today and call for a cleaning day, if that’s what you need to put your mind in order, your home in order, or your children back on track for the remainder of the month, or the year.
It’s the only right thing to do in the situation!
Tonight, you’ll thank yourself. And tomorrow, you’ll enjoy a smoother-running day.
[I can do many things, but photography is not one of them. That’s why today’s free royalty-free image was taken from Free Digital Photography.]