Dominic spelled this out (with no prompting from me) with his magnetic letters the other day on our fridge:
When I saw this sentence, it got
me to thinking, how do you know if you're doing a good "job" at being a
mom? Motherhood is an unpaid job, you don't get $5.00 from your family
every time you complete a load of laundry, or wash a bunch of dirty dishes, do you?? If you make a
terrific dinner, does your family leave a "tip" on the table? Probably
not! When you are a mom, you're basically "on-call" 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, 365 days a year. When you work for monetary compensation, unless
you're the big boss, you most likely have a performance appraisal at a
minimum, once a year. This is where you're told what areas you're doing well in
and areas that you may need to improve on. There are plenty of people
out there that like to dispense their own "appraisal" on how you're doing as a mom, like the woman that told me once that she would have never let her
children act the way Dominic did in public or when another mom
asked me when Lauren was about 2 1/2 or so, whether she was going to be going away to college with her pacifier, because she felt Lauren was too old to be using
one. I know that I have certain "areas" that need
improvement (like keeping up with the laundry better and not keeping our
kitchen counter so cluttered), but nobody's perfect, right? If your kids, hubby or significant other had to give you a motherhood "appraisal" how would you do? what would your goals be? strengths? weaknesses? would you get all "excellent" ratings? or would you have areas that needed improvement?
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