Real talk: I don’t enjoy sitting on the floor playing dolls with my daughter. I don’t enjoy crashing trucks and jumping off the coffee table with my son. I DO enjoy engaging with them over activities, crafts, and books. I also have many interests outside of them. This blog is one, working out and spending time with my friends are others. As a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom of two preschoolers, I have realized that it is as important that I address my own needs and interests, as Audra & Wade’s.
As I reflected on the last year, I recognized that I put many of my own interests aside in support of my family’s activities and travel this summer. This is fine for a season, but is not sustainable for my long term mental health and happiness. Moms- it is so important that you are happy and fulfilled too! “Mom needs a minute”, “Mom needs no one to be touching her,” and “Mom needs quiet time” are things that, honestly, are heard every day in my house. (I am an introverted highly sensitive mom so boundaries are important to me!) It’s not my kids’ job to take care of me, but it is my job to take care of them AND MYSELF.
All that to say that the process of reflecting on last year was important to me and I spent quite a bit of time doing it before I started actually planning our topics and structure for this year. I sat down and asked myself several questions while journaling the responses. It was interesting and revealing. The exercise also prepared me to make a schedule and plan for this year that is sustainable, fun, and interesting for ALL OF US.
I think it’s so important as moms that we take the time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t working, but I know it’s hard to know exactly where to start with that exercise. So, I took the questions I asked myself and put them into a fun “worksheet” that you can print or complete on your computer (it’s editable!). I am calling it “Design Your Day” because as with any good design, it takes time to reflect and consider what you want things to look like. I hope you can utilize this worksheet to reflect on the last year or so and design something that works for you and your family!