Well, it’s not exactly a secret that we moms, and/or dads, are overworked, underpaid, exhausted, and tend to be a bit, shall I say, grouchy?!? Can I get an amen? Our jobs are never ending. There is always something that we could or should be doing at any given moment. I used to work on laundry, dishes, my to do list, and other mundane chores, until I dropped into bed exhausted. Then wake up, even more exhausted from getting up with a kid or two during the night, just to do the never-ending, time consuming list all over again. No wonder we are grumpy and exhausted!! It took me a few years to realize that, hey, I can’t do this anymore, I’m making myself crazy!! I put in long hrs on the mom job and I desperately wanted and needed to punch my time card and quit for the day!! So, a few years ago, I announced, to my family, that Mom’s quitting!! Well, at 8pm anyway. I will not do anything after 8pm. No dishes, homework, laundry, cleanup, or anything else!! So, if you need my help with something, it has to be before 8!! It took about a year to reprogram my brain to just be able to sit on the couch, go to bed early, or read a book, and not feel guilty for not doing whatever it was that needed to be done. It’s so engrained into my family, that now my hubby reminds me when it’s getting close to 8!! I hurry and do the dishes (or pile them in the sink), and whatever else I would like to get done before 8, and then I throw in the towel. I’m done. And it’s wonderful!! Setting a quitting time was one of the best things I could have ever done for myself, and my family!! Now, we all know that you will never be completely off the clock as a mom, but you can definitely say NO to chores and busy work!! Choose a time that would work best for your family and stick to it!! You deserve to punch that time card and quit for the day!! Life changing. It’s true.
kitchen confessions: quitting time
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