Taking the Day Off

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Do you ever wake up and just not want to parent? That is me right now. I want the day off from my sweet, wonderful, needy children. I did not sleep much at all last night and I am so tired, grumpy, and just really struggling to mom well today, let alone at all.

So like the great mom that I am today, I put my youngest down for her nap, gave my older kids the iPads so they could play some games, and told them to leave me alone while I slept on the couch. Perfect plan, right? (I would like to say I said it nicely, but then I would be lying to you.)

Totally perfect plan. Except Sawyer (the youngest) knew that I needed a little nap today, so she refused to take one herself. I tried to ignore her as she fussed in her crib but it got harder and harder. So now I need to decide if I am going to continue to make my children’s day miserable by choosing to stay grumpy, or find a way to adjust my attitude. I finally decided I needed to get up and face this darn day. So here it goes. I am going to shut the iPads off, put some music on, and have a dance party with my kids to hopefully adjust my attitude and start momming again. I’ll let you know at the end of the day how it works out for me…

….Okay, eight hours later and I am back. Everyone has been put to bed, and I can officially relax.

Turns out, a mini dance party with the girls was exactly what each of us needed.

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While there are a lot of things that are outside of our control, there are so many things we do have control over. And to be honest, I just wanted to choose the easy, lazy route of accepting my tired and grumpy attitude and outlook for the day. I didn’t want to put any effort into changing it. But as soon as I made the decision to try to be happier, to engage myself in something like a dance party with the girls… it turned out to be a lot easier than I expected to turn our day around. And the shock and joy on my girls’ faces when I blasted music and got my groove on, that alone made it totally worth it <3

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

22 thoughts on “Taking the Day Off”

  1. Well put, Mama! I remember those days well. I hope you got caught up on rest eventually. As someone whose kids were NEVER good sleepers, I finally figured out to just snuggle up WITH them for a nap whenever I was exhausted! (which def helped them sleep, too, half the time at least!)

  2. You’re an awesome mom! And yes, whenever we’re having a bad day, it’s always better (though not always easier) to adjust our perspective rather than waste the rest of the day feeling miserable.

  3. I have so many days that I don’t want to parent, but it’s also a choice that we decided to make many years ago, and it’s a choice that I continue to make. We all have bad days, and mine are usually also related to lack of sleep as well. My boys and I have dance parties or go outside when we are being cranky-butts.

  4. Well, I am not a parent yet, so I am not quite sure?! lol. That being said, when I do have kids, I plan on being a very REALISTIC parent and treating my kids like mini adults. No sugar-coating anything.

  5. Although I am not parent, but I know the feeling of begining a day with tired and grumpy. In that case, there is no one know how to make my emotion better, exept me. This post is just like me and I love it <3

  6. What a great mom you are! And your kids know it! Your dance party seems fun and the kids enjoyed it! Sometimes we do a need a little break from life, but maybe instead of taking a nap when you can’t watch your kids do a little challenge with them on the quiet game! Hah! Iand just try to relax for a few minutes. You can reward them by having the dance party after 5 minutes of closing your eyes and concentrating on your breathing! 5 minutes of relaxing can do so much!

  7. I don’t have any kids but with my niece and nephews if they were grumpy because no nap we could just put on their favorite song or movie and they would calm down.

  8. I think all moms have these days, and if you say you don’t then you’re lying! Haha Some days are harder than others. But yiure right, if you decide to find the happiness and change the day around, then you will! Glad you had a great day filled with a dance party!

  9. Being a mom is so hard sometimes! I hate when you really need a nap and they just won’t go down. It’s like they know or something.

  10. The days are long but the years are short! I struggle with wanting to take the day off like this at times, but I think your way of dealing with it was fantastic. Turning things around and making memories!

  11. WOW! What a great post! I love how honest you are. I’m not a mom, but I do hear how hard it is at times. I’m happy that you were able to find joy in the moment and that God gave you the strength to get back up and do something good for both you and your daughters!

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