Posted by Kim K.
There is nothing more rewarding or more amazing than being a
parent. But, lately as one of my children has entered the
world of school age, I am realizing that this really is THE
hardest job in the world. At least the hardest job in MY world, but
that's what makes it so great. Where I have struggled for the past
six years is how to be a happy, undistracted parent when my
personal "non-mommy" world has bumps.
I call it the game of Donkey Kong. How do you interact with your
children when you are jumping over constant barrels and swinging
from vines and trees? How do you interact when you have an argument
with your spouse? Or, you've had a lousy day at work? Or, your
mother is bothering you. Or, you are just feeling the stress of
everyday life for no particular reason, except for the fact that
you just ARE.
I wear my heart on my sleeve. I have gotten better over the
years, but still wonder how I can be the kind of person who can
shut it off until 7:45 p.m. (when the kids go to bed). How can I
ensure that they don't see what's happening in my world? How
can I put my game face on? Am I the only mom who struggles
My husband is really good at turning it off. I'd like to know
how YOU turn it off. How do you put your game face on for the kids?
How do you conduct business as usual, even though you just don't
want to or feel like you can't?
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