Cooked breakfast. Check.
Cleaned rooms. Check.
Folded laundry. Check.
Ran errands. Check.
Cooked dinner. Check.
Reviewed homework. Check.
Toddler is playing with mommy. Check.
Oh, yeah. I went to work today. So work. Check.
Husband's walking in. Daddy time. Check.
No sleep. Check.
Shamefully this is the daily checklist that I used every single day until I realized that I don’t have to be Superwoman. One thing I have learned is that if I don’t take care of myself, no one else in my home will be taken care of. As women, especially as strong women, we are taught to be responsible for everything and everyone. We also usually believe that no one is going to be responsible for us; so we run ourselves ragged and then wonder why we are broken and busted. We must learn to rest.
As a wife and a mother, I am here to give you a reality check. Sometimes the laundry doesn’t get done. Sometimes Daddy does the homework. Sometimes we eat out instead of enjoying a home-cooked meal. Sometimes the house is clean and sometimes it only has a spit-shine. And guess what? That is okay! And it is okay to take care of yourself. Remember -- if we do not take care of ourselves, we will not have the energy to effectively do anything else.
Moms, wives; you are important. Husbands, you can be a blessing to your wife by letting her know that she does NOT have to be Superwoman. You can also support her by providing opportunities for her "me time."
Let us all remember that Superwoman is a fictional character. She does not exist in real life.