Here is the 2nd part of my book, “Of Course I Work! I am a Full Time Mom!” with a repeat of the introduction.
OF COURSE I WORK! I AM A FULL TIME MOM!
You’ve started on important tasks: a mother you’ve become!
A major step you’ve taken – you’ve decided to stay home
To raise your child your way, to give her lots of care.
But wait! Does anybody notice that you are really there?
You get the meals, and do the wash, and keep the house together,
You try to keep all spirits up no matter what the weather.
But they take you for granted, at least that’s how you feel,
And on those days what makes it bad is you know your needs are real.
Not everyday is Pittsville, but when you’re down it’s rough
To do the kind of job you want. Is mothering enough?
Do you feel like you are fulfilled, you’re doing what is right?
Or do you wake some mornings like you’ve just been in a fight?
Well, when down days hit and you feel like there’s no one near to care
About your needs and feelings, keep remembering that there
Is H.E.L.P. for full time mothers. I know ‘cause I’m one, too!
And practicing on good days is the trick I share with you.
Just keep on reading, mother. It won’t be too much longer
Before you’re feeling better and your mother thoughts are stronger!
“H” is for your Humor, and for your sense of it.
Don’t lose it! Use it! Or revive it! Whatever, just don’t sit
At home amid the mess and think of all that’s bad.
No one feels good when you are down and you make your own self sad.
Your daughter spilled her cup of juice all down your brand new couch,
You just stepped on some bristly blocks, said something (but not “ouch!”)
And realize that it’s 5 p.m. – you’ve still not combed your hair.
How can your sense of humor really pull you from despair?
Your rough times and your tough times will be cut at least by half
If you look for good in all that is, and find some fun and laugh!
Don’t take yourself so sternly. It can make you get so down.
You have a job important so don’t do it with a frown!
Just find a game in chores you hate, say, picking up the blocks.
Keep your pitching arm in shape and toss them in a box!
Have the children help you. Jobs done alone aren’t fun.
And kids can learn to pick up, too! It’s good for everyone!
At 3 they usually like to dust and wash the dishes, too.
But you will have to supervise the jobs that they will do.
So if their washing dishes doesn’t sound like a good chore
Then maybe folding wash cloths is a job that you’ll like more.
And take the time to do one thing each day that keeps you sane:
Putting on some make-up or playing a crossword game.
Just one thing that perks you up is worth it, you will see,
It will help you find your humor where sad feelings used to be.
Hey! Don’t forget to dance a dance and sing a little song
And walking in the out of doors will carry you along.
Make time to like this life you chose. Your kids will feel it, too.
And when they’re up then you feel bright! That’s the thing to do!
So don’t get so discouraged, easy as it may be,
Just read along. There is more help. We’re up to letter “E.”
And letter E is for tomorrow!
Here are my 3 Things:
1) What gorgeous weather!
2) walking with friends
3) leftovers. So easy and yummy!