There is nothing like parenting to bring you eye to eye with your weaknesses. This week mine seemed particularly glaring. I completely forgot about our piano recital until the teacher called 5 minutes after it started and wondered where we were. I mixed up swim practice times– 4 days in a row. I took my kids to their 9:00 Thursday morning piano lessons on TUESDAY and just drove away because my doctor had called and I was engrossed in that conversation. One afternoon I was out grocery shopping with some of the kids and left Jonah at home babysitting a napping Ian. I was driving home around 3:42 when I listened to a phone message about someone giving Jonah a ride to Cub Scout Twilight Camp and panicked. They needed to leave at 3:40! He needed a dinner packed! He couldn’t just LEAVE before I was home– he was the babysitter.
I’m not going to list and list all of the other things. I had several not so good mom days this week.
I am not a naturally organized person. I’m pretty flighty and easily distracted. I can sit down in the morning with my phone and planner and know exactly what needs to happen that day.
Then I still forget.
Whose idea was it to put me in charge? My poor baby falls asleep eating Cheerios.
I had a good mom week too. I got my boys new swim suits and water guns and they had lots of friends over to have a battle in the back yard. We actually had family prayer and scriptures each night, even with Barry gone. I took six kids to the swim team party– complete with a salad and cookies– and we were there 5 minutes EARLY.
It is just that my mistakes really seem to out weigh my successes. I also know those mistakes breed new ones when my internal voice keeps reinforcing how hopelessly unorganized I am. How do I switch that inner dialog to be more positive?
What do you do when your weaknesses rear their ugly heads and demand so much attention?