Here are a few things I really don't want to be doing after 8:00:
Answering questions that are shouted to me from kids in their beds.
Helping with homework.
Arguing about/defending our "family rules."
Putting away leftovers that are still sitting on the table.
Doing the dishes.
Nagging at children to do the dishes.
Checking phones and social media sites to see what my kids are up to.
Folding laundry so I can get to my bed.
Guess what I was doing last night after 8:00? Pretty much all of the above.
On the bright side, I woke up to a reasonably clean house, and this is about the cutest little Albert Einstein I've ever seen!
My inspiration for this record of my days:
“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen