In the morning I get to wake up early, drag myself out of bed, and make myself a cup of coffee.
Then, I get to pack lunches and sign papers and pick out outfits.
After that, I get to do wake-up calls and make breakfasts and find that specific green shirt for Color Day.
Next, I get to help my children get dressed and groomed and make sure they have everything they need for school. And don’t forget about getting myself together, too.
When that is done, I get to make sure that each of my kids arrive at their different schools at different times with different modes of transportation.
When those things are complete, I can sit down for a minute and finally drink that cup of coffee.
It’s exhausting, right? The hectic morning routine of a parent with young kids? And to be honest, the fact that this is expected of us day in and day out with no end in sight makes it even more daunting.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rut and mundane responsibilities of each day. It can be discouraging. But – hear me out – it’s all about perspective.
Just changing our mindset from “I HAVE to” to “I GET to” actually helps a little bit. When I was struggling thinking about these sometimes overwhelming tasks (and more) last night, I tried to reframe the way I was thinking about them. And it felt better.
It felt better to view it as I CAN do these things. That I am mentally and physically able to do this for my children. That my life circumstances allow me to experience this stage with them in this way.
Gratitude felt better in that moment.
And I know I will most definitely go back to feeling overwhelmed when thinking of doing all of this again tomorrow, but I will do my best to try to keep things in perspective