The sun feels foreign on my face. My eyes squint, my sunglasses are not enough to block the natural light from piercing my eyes. I walked in this same door hours ago with a clean slate and full of possibilities, now I’m walking out wondering if I remembered to eat lunch? I sit in the temporary silence of my car. As I begin to turn the key, I finally remember to take a deep breath. The breath feels like the first I’ve taken all day. I think to myself, “why don’t I do this more often?” As if I need one more thing on my to do list. As if I could remember to do this one simple thing in the middle of the day when I’m pulled in multiple directions. It’s a good thought, but it’s just not that easy to remember in the moments when you need it the most.
On a different day, I’m wiping mac and cheese from fingers, cheeks, the highchair and the floor (again). The menu of edible foods is ever changing, mostly decreasing, to the point where I can count the acceptable options on one hand. It’s time to go down for a nap, but she shows no signs of slowing down. Anxiety is creeping up from the pit of my stomach as I look around the house at all the things I wanted to do with that precious naptime hour. My mind goes into overdrive trying to figure out how to get it all done, what to shuffle around and how to make it fit. The playful squeals drowned out the quiet voice reminding me, “this is only a phase”.
Have you ever found yourself having a day like one of these above? You start out full of positivity and then get swept up in the current of the day. You let stress and expectations get the best of you. At some point you feel drained and exhausted, but you push through to bedtime when you can collapse before it starts all over again.
I’ve talked to so many moms over the years and while the details of the stories may be different, the feelings are very similar. This blog was started so moms would know they were not alone with these feelings. And while I’ve gotten positive feedback on the blog stories, I know once you merge back onto the busy highway of life, it’s hard to keep those thoughts front of mind.
The Working Mom S.O.S. Card Deck was born from a need to keep these thoughts front of mind throughout the day. All you need to do is pick a card and set it on the counter or beside your computer monitor. As you go throughout your day, the card will catch your eye and remind you to breathe or it’s only a phase or to find the joy surrounding you.
The Cards are now in stock and shipping in the U.S. is FREE! They make the perfect stocking stuffer for your mom friends OR are the perfect treat to gift yourself for all the hard work you do every day! Thank you for reading and for all you continued support.
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I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.