Once upon an 8:31 p.m. ago, the ugly mommy monster appeared like clockwork.
“Get ready for bed!” she’d growl.
“Did you get your 20 minutes of reading done? I don’t care if you don’t want to, you HAVE TO for school!”
She was on edge.
She watched the minutes get later and later, putting her own 5 minutes of quiet before bed at risk.
She tidied up random items as she paced the floor—trying not to lose her cool… again.
“Will you snuggle me, mom?” they’d ask.
👿 “MAYBE if YOU would’ve had quiet time… and got in bed when I asked you to… then I’d snuggle.
BUT NOW, I need to get ready for bed too,” she’d snap back 👿 with “well, they’re only little for a little while” tugging on her heart. 💔
She never planned on being this kind of grumpy mom.
As a family, they forged a new path with *different choices.*
⏭ 8:31 P.M. 2021:
They’re dancing about the kitchen about to begin math, science, and reading lessons…
…I mean… baking cake pops… (mostly) unsupervised.
There’s no rush.
No performance acts to be done for grades / participation points.
No alarm clock tomorrow, much less Zoom meetings to be up for.
No dealing with all-day masks or Plexiglas encased desks.
Rarely do the snuggle requests get turned down these days, because best of all…
…no more ugly mommy monster in this home. 🤍
If this triggers you, it’s up to you to change your life.
⇢ Your “I can’t” reactions are your fear talking.
⇢ Your “well they _____” comparison statements are way off, because you’re not taking into account past decisions made to reach where you (or they) are at in life.
⇢ No one is twisting your arm to keep your life the same.
ENJOY your life.
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