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Look I Forgot! Okay?!

 

This current school year is one like no other prior for The Busy Mom! As of this year I have one college senior, one high school junior, and one in junior high! Even though I knew that this year was coming,  I was not equipped for the madness that was going to occur as a result.

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I mean think about it: I have to prepare one child for transition from high school to college, while also making sure that everything’s taken care of for senior to-do lists, prom, and graduation. I have to ensure that another child is adapting well in their transition from middle school to high school, while beginning to prepare them for thoughts of college and exploring majors and career choices. There’s a third child whom I have to make sure is doing well with the increased responsibilities of the real world.

 

……..all in the same year, at the same time.

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With this much chaos going on at once, you can imagine the flood of emails, phone calls, events to remember, forms to complete, deadlines to keep track of, so on and so on and so on.

 

For the first couple of weeks of school, I was handling everything like the pro that I usually am at it, getting everything recorded and completed and coordinated the instant they brought it in the door or mentioned it to me: POW! POW! POW! 🙂  I admit I was even amazing myself at how swiftly I was doing it and how well I was managing everything.  The kids were amazed too—so much so that they kept adding more and more activities and other items to their schedules at record speed.  Then I started to notice that everything said to me from my children always began the same way:

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“Mom,  I have to go to the.…”

“Mom did you remember my….”

“Oh Mom—I think I missed the….”

 

Feeling overwhelmed by hearing this (or seeing it via text message) what seemed to be hundreds of times a day, I got to the point when I would very sternly tell all of them:

 

“LOOK:  I FORGOT! OKAY?!”

 

This was a shock to them since they knew that I never forgot anything.  It was a shock to me as well.

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It was also a wake-up call to me to minimize their dependence on me to remember everything for them by encouraging and empowering them to manage their own schedules more. Also to direct them to be more aware of the other schedules in the household as they change in order to adjust theirs accordingly. Doing so helps me to help them.

 

Busy Mom? Yes. Super Mom? Sometimes….

 

…but Super Computer? –NO. 🙂

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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luv-4-self
luv-4-self

I only have one and I feel like this all of the time! Moms have to remember to remind themselves that we are not the sole source responsible for the success of our children and husbands. We have to force them into taking ownership of the things that impact their lives so that we do not drive ourselves stir crazy!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  luv-4-self

Greetings: you are right about what you said and the reminder is something that I must get into my system-especially with the older children. Forcing them to take ownership of their own obligations will help them to grow as individuals and help the household overall. Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Melistar
Melistar
Reply to  Makeba Giles

I got on and u rock!! ur doing so great. i love u!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Melistar

Greetings: I truly appreciate your feedback! Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Jon M
Jon M

WOW. I would never be able to do what you do. I thought my life was complicated! Keep up the good work!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Jon M

Greetings: Thank you for the compliment and thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

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