Today’s Challenge – What is one thing we can do together, this month?
This was supposed to be the easy day. I started by asking my youngest what she’d like to do. See Happy Feet 2 she suggests…..without her sister. Okey dokey then, we’re drawing lines in the sand I guess. Apparently time together will be separate from any other family members. Happy Feet is a fairly innocuous request, and super easy for me to do, so I commit. I’m only grateful she didn’t ask for Alvin and the Chipmunks. I may have had to refuse. I move on to my oldest and she is going to make me work for it. She would like to volunteer with me somewhere. First, let me say that I am super proud of her for this but it’s not easy finding volunteer engagement opportunities for a 8 (soon to be 9) year old that is wise beyond their years. I suggest the food bank, but we’ve already done that a few times and she wants to try something different. “How about Toy Mountain or World Vision?” she asks. So, I look into it and sure enough you have to be 16 and over to volunteer for Toy Mountain and World Vision. Oy. Day 1 has only just begun and I can see it’s going to be a bit of work to find that one special thing we can do together this month. We’ll keep talking about it.
In addition to today being Day One of the challenge, my daughter is home sick. Again. I’ve already had her home with me for a week with the flu and now she has tonsillitis. This is presenting a bit of a challenge in that I’m about to lose my mind. It’s hard to work from home when your kids are here, right? With the Mom Challenge top of mind today though, I am going to make a concerted effort to spend time with her. So first on the agenda is Once Upon a Time online, then downloading songs on iTunes that’s she been bugging me to do and finally, a nap together…..the way we used to so many years ago. I’ll try to squeeze a little work in between.
When I threw out this Mom Challenge yesterday, it was ultimately for me and my daughters. I thought maybe one or two people would join me for the journey but something really cool happened. Moms from all over wanted to jump in, including moms from England and Singapore. Which goes to show we really are not alone on this journey and that once in a while, we all need a reminder to stop and smell the roses. These are rich times we’re in my friends. Someday our children will be grown and gone from our house and not driving us crazy with “Are you done writing yet?” “Are you done now?” “Now?” Sheesh. Alright, alright. I’m coming!
You can find my list here on Twitter of moms joining in the challenge. As today is only Day 1 there’s still time to let your friends know too. I can’t wait to hear about how everyone’s first day went.