Sanity During Motherhood Requires Having Fun

By EMMA BARLOW, Staff Writer

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, or a working mom, you are working hard.

And just like any nine-to-five job, sometimes motherhood can get tedious. With dishes piling up and butts to be wiped, I find myself looking forward to my kid’s bedtime. This is when I can do my laundry in peace and quiet.

Okay, most of the time I say ‘forget that laundry’ and turn on The Bachelor while devouring a half-pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream…hey, don’t judge me. But as every one of our mothers will tell us, my children’s adolescence will be gone in the blink of an eye. After a week of being in robot-mommy mode, I catch myself. Then I remind myself to let go a little and let some fun during the day.

Some days, I am in no mood for fun. I peer at my list of things to do and start itching to check off a couple, or sometimes I am just being plain grumpy. I don’t always choose to forget the list, but I find that when I do, my kids and I are so much more fulfilled at the end of the day. Our day runs smoother, and everyone is happier.

When I get down on the ground to play trains, help fight off dragons, or even get the starring role in “Save the Princess”, I am reminded of why I wanted to be a mother in the first place. Getting down to their level to finger-paint and crazy-dance to ridiculous music is also very therapeutic. It certainly helps my sanity to get a few laughs in once a day!

We all have busy days. I am not even close to a perfect mom, sometimes I just have to force myself to play when I am not in the mood…and I never regret it. Some moms work, and have to go to a job, and then come home and have less time in the day to complete their list. Our children know we love them, and even if we can give an hour of play, or even just twenty minutes going through their bedtime routine, and reading them a story before bed, you will be filling their little hearts, and yours, with love. Love is what this is all about anyways.

And that’s my giving a hoot.


Emma is an extremely busy and proud mother of two young, strapping lads. She lives in the Phoenix Metropolitan area with her husband of six years and is an active member in the faith community.

More from Emma:

»Moms Need a Timeout Too

»Being Charitable In Modern Times

»No Such Thing As A Novice Mom

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