The papers have started piling up. You know, those back to school papers of which class does what, the expectations for each class, forms to be filled out, newsletters, you name it. The pile has begun. Last year’s pile still remains (however tucked away in some drawer or closet). Come to think of it the previous year’s pile is still somewhere to be found.
Each year I have a plan to be organized. One year I bought a basket for the counter. My plan was to keep all papers there so I would know exactly where they were and keep on top of them regularly. The next was a divider with three sections (one for each kid). They both lasted for about two weeks.
This time of year we are blasted with tips and tricks on starting the school year off right, being organized, making the perfect lunches, and all that ‘perfect world’ stuff. It all sounds fine and dandy – until you actually do it – and try to keep up with it.
You have to wonder if those houses where everything seems so in place and organized – truly are. I will admit each September I make an attempt. Calendar all scheduled, kids at each practice on-time, never forgetting a permission slip, the balanced lunch, homework done early, dinner on the table every night, cell phone rules being followed to a T, and still work my full-time job.
Do these moms really have it all so together or are they just saying that?
There was a recent study put out about the so-called Supermom. It links Supermoms and depression. The theory is that these moms are trying so hard to do it all that in turn, they are disappointing themselves and becoming depressed.
So why is it that people feel the need to be Supermom? Okay, so I do make an attempt each year however, I am the first to admit my house is not always clean, we dig through cabinets some nights to find dinner, I have sent my kid’s to school with a bagel with butter for lunch and a bag of chips, and we have been late to more than a handful of practices each year.
I stopped trying to have the “June Cleaver” life a long time ago. For me it was probably about the time I went back to work full-time and had my third child. It just wasn’t possible to do it all and I am not going to pretend like it is.
For all those out there who do it all – more power to you!
What do you think? Are you able to keep up on it all?