My resolution this year is to be less of that frantic, frazzled, overwhelmed mother. I am often running late. I often forget things. I often don't get done what I wanted, needed, or intended to do. I know that there are a lot of things that I can't control (untimely poopy diapers etc) but I want to do better at what I can control. I don't like that feeling that I am running late and I still have stuff to do. When I feel that way and start to run around like a crazy woman, is when undoubtedly one of my children will have a crisis and need me. Here is what I'm going to do to improve.
*I will prepare what I can the night before (diaper bags, swim bags, dance bags, lunches etc.)
*I will decide realistically how long it will take to get ready. After 8 years of this mothering stuff, I still haven't accepted the fact that getting shoes and coats on takes 5X longer than it should. I will factor that in and try to be on time.
*I will ask for help if I need it and not feel like a failure if I can't get everything done I thought I should.
*I will let my older kids be in charge of themselves and let them learn from mistakes (like forgetting their lunch, gloves, homework or whatever).
*I will answer honestly "Do I have time to answer this phone call?" "Will I have to speed home to beat the bus if I run this last errand?" "Do I actually have 30 minutes to squeeze in a workout or will that make us late?" etc. etc. etc.
I know if I can do this it will make me happier not to mention my husband and kids who suffer when I am in a frenzy.