Everyone gets into a rut occasionally—especially stay-at-home moms who take the title somewhat literally, who are choosing to homeschool their children and therefore don’t have the option of escaping tiny little voices even long enough to use the bathroom alone, some days. Moms who don't get to leave the house, because there are lessons to be taught, and chores to take care of, and meals to prepare for the family. Moms whose entire focus is on the little people who need her during the day, and the bigger one who comes home at the end of the work day.
Some days, you look around you and realize that you haven’t actually accomplished anything, all day long, and your to-do list has gotten longer, rather than shorter. Some days, you just want to throw up your hands and leave it all behind.
The laundry…the dishes…the cleaning…the teaching…the cooking…all of those responsibilities have piled up and become overwhelming, and it feels as though you’ll never have time to do something fresh and new again. You’ve had mac and cheese for dinner three nights this week, and you’re pretty sure your husband isn’t going to fall for tossing broccoli in tonight counting as a new dish. Your last two weeks of homeschooling lessons have included more worksheets than hands-on anything. And if your house got any dirtier, you’d have to call in a professional just to get the door open!
Luckily, there is a remedy to days like that—if you’re willing to put in the time and effort and focus for just a little while.