Good Moms Have Sticky Floors, Messy Kitchens, Dirty Ovens, Piles of Laundry, And Happy Kids
“Good Mom’s have sticky floors, messy kitchens, laundry piles, dirty ovens, and happy kids.”
What a great reminder. Being a clean freak myself, sometimes I just feel like I HAVE to spend an hour cleaning my kitchen before I can do ANYTHING else. But, when I take the time to rock my baby to sleep or read another book with him, I am
reminding of what is most important. Of course we can’t just let our kitchen become unlivable and we DO need clean clothes, but I think the answer is a good dose of moderation in all things. Sometimes we just need to put things down and play with our kids! I loved this story in an article by Richard G. Scott about playing with his children:
Once I learned an important lesson from my wife. I traveled extensively in my profession. I had been gone almost two weeks and returned home one Saturday morning. I had four hours before I needed to attend another meeting. I noticed that our little washing machine had broken down and my wife was washing the clothes by hand. I began to fix the machine.
Jeanene came by and said, “Rich, what are you doing?”
I said, “I’m repairing the washing machine so you don’t have to do this by hand.”
She said, “No. Go play with the children.”
I said, “I can play with the children anytime. I want to help you.”
Then she said, “Richard, please go play with the children.”
When she spoke to me that authoritatively, I obeyed.
I had a marvelous time with our children. We chased each other around and rolled in the fall leaves. Later I went to my meeting. I probably would have forgotten that experience were it not for the lesson that she wanted me to learn.
The next morning about 4:00 a.m., I was awakened as I felt two little arms around my neck, a kiss on the cheek, and these words whispered in my ear, which I will never forget: “Dad, I love you. You are my best friend.”
If you are having that kind of experience in your family, you are having one of the supernal joys of life.
My challenge this week is to stop what you are doing and play with your kids. I promise you won’t regret it!