Thursday, April 1, 2010

Away with Agendas

In less than 24 hours, my husband will be going away on a business trip for 10 days.  The days can seem quite long when he's gone, especially with a 3 year old and 1 year old.  Being the only parent on duty for all 24 hours, 10 days in a row, is extremely draining.  So, I'm taking some time today to think through the upcoming weekend and following week, stating some guidelines for myself to hopefully make things go a little more smoothly...

*First of all, I have to come to terms with the fact that things might not--no, WILL not-- go smoothly.

*Cleaning will happen as it happens, but I am not allowed to feel guilty if it doesn't.

*Same as above, but insert the word "cooking" for cleaning...

*Whatever agenda I may have in mind each day should be approached very loosely.  Most of the time children have their own agendas and that's okay.  Especially for the next week and a half.

*I must keep rest as a priority for myself.  A sleep-deprived me equals a cranky, depressed mother.

*And the most humbling guideline of all-- it's okay to just ask for help.

These are the "rules" that have initially come to mind.  Am I forgetting anything?  If any of you have any more suggestions, please leave me a comment.  I'd LOVE to read them!

This blog is participating in "Blog Bozzled: Blogging from A-Z April Challenge."


Sugar said...

Good for you girl! That is the only way you will stay sane. Good luck!

tasha said...

*waves hands wildy* "me, pick me! I love to help!!"

Suzie said...

I think you should have added "If I'm feeling stressed and like I can't take any more, I will not hesistate to call my friends for help." We're here for you :)
By the way, I decided to do the April challenge too. Maybe it will get me in the blog spirit :).

Grammy said...

What you have written reminds me of when my two daughters were babies. There are 3 and 1/2 years difference in their ages. I remember how time slowed down for me when they were young. Going to the grocery store was an all afternoon thing. We didn't have an automobile, and I walked to the store pushing one in a buggy and the other one walking along beside me. It was quite an experience. Patience is the key word always and rest when you can, even if it means not getting the dishes done or the floor swept. Playing with them is so really important, too. The idea is slooooooooooooooow down to their tempo. The idea suggested by Tasha to let older one help is good, and also call your friends to come over and share the burden. That is what friends love to do. A really great blog! God bless you, my dear.
Best Regards to you

Anonymous said...

Well you know we need to have a picnic and play in the creek. well..... it might b to cold this coming up week!


Lisa said...

Sounds like you've got a good plan!

Great start to the A to Z challenge, too. :)


Stacey said...

Hello I am new to your blog!
I hope your 10 days go by super fast, & I think your smart to ask for help if you need it:)
Have a Great Day!