Do as I say, not as I do…
As the Mom of a tween girl I spend a lot of time reinforcing.
Reinforcing about how she looks.
How she’s doing in school.
How her friends feel about her.
How her crush feels about her.
About who she is and who she wants to be.
If I could bubble wrap the kid I would. Except that will do her no favors.
I work really, really hard at helping her find all the positives in life. Focusing on the things that make her unique, not letting things get to her.
Yet… when it comes to myself.
Kinda dropping the ball.
So much so, that today for example after having honestly one of the most relaxing weekends ever with said tween, I let an email wreck a good portion of my afternoon.
First, I know I shouldn’t check work emails.
Second, I shouldn’t check work emails.
Let’s just say between the content and who sent it. I stewed.
Then … I thought about some of the advice some of the ladies on this page have given. I thought about what I’d say to G.
I flagged said email and let it go. Or tried to. I thought about what about the email made me mad.
For a hot second I felt sorry for the sender for spending a beautiful Spring day on work and rather than be angry realized I now have one less task facing me on what is always a busy Monday.
It wasn’t that hard. Taking a step back. Shifting my mindset. If there is one thing I tend to lose sleep over, it’s definitely work. If I can find ways to change how I react … Mondays at a minimum will be easier and who doesn’t want that?
I’m not saying I will be able to do this with everything but if it gets a few hours of a Spring Sunday back. I’m all for it.
Happy Spring, Mamas!