Here I sit…It’s the middle of the summer…I guess mommy burnout is starting to settle in and it’s got me thinking….Moms of today’s world have such drastically different existences than our mom’s had. Our world is infinitely bigger than it was when we were growing up. Ummmm can you say google or iphone, itouch, ipad, ianything? How about youtube or netflix or alexa? For all the good they bring they also bring a frantic way of life. The overabundance of information that is available has infinitely increased the number of people we keep in touch with and talk to each day. It allows us to tackle more daily tasks and gives us the ability to get much more accomplished. It has also allowed us to respond to each other in real time, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. The problem is, somewhere along the way the tone changed. Now instead of having the ability we are expected to . The expectations we face on a given day are unrealistic. We are rushing from moment to moment unable to focus or be present.
We are bombarded by a daily battle to balance our careers with dentists, doctors and school appointments, therapies, play dates, sports, arts, tutoring, cleaning, maintaining, socializing, shopping and cooking (not that I spend much time on the last one-not at all really).
And those of us at home have the pressure of pinterest, well I guess we all have pinterest barking at our heels. (I have never had such a deeply rooted love hate relationship as I do with pinterest.) I mean who knew you could do so much with a pallet? Still-everything should be prettier and better prepared or organized than it is and if you do stay home, you have no excuse! Handmade party invitations, favors and decorations, or else! Do you know I recently read an article that explained why handwritten thank you notes from children are necessary after birthday parties.
I guess my point is-we all have to remind ourselves and sometimes the people of our parent’s generation, that the world has changed. The role of Mom has taken on so much more in the past fifteen years. We need to stick together.