Yes, yes it can!!! The laundry can wait. Last week, a dear friend of mine made a statement that has haunted me ever since. As we were talking about our kids, she grabbed her phone to show me this adorable picture of her little ones.
Quickly, I congratulated her on #sayingyes to letting her kids make a mess and have fun. Without hesitation, she whipped (but did not nae nae) her head around and said. “That’s easy. The mess can be cleaned up tomorrow, but you can’t get back the memories.” I thought, Oh my, that’s deep.
As I have thought more and more about that statement, I knew I had to write this post. We all need to remember that the days are flying by and their childhood memories will soon be a thing of the past. So…
- Let the laundry wait. Schedule a time before things get busy to start a load of laundry everyday. Fold it and put it away at nap time or after they go to bed. Sorting and folding laundry are great math activities. Try including them for some laundry fun.
- Let the dishes pile up. Little ones actually enjoy doing dishes. Put on some fun music and unload/load the dishwasher together or make bubbles in the sink and hand wash the dishes together. If that sounds overwhelming to you. You and your significant other could always have dishwashing dates. 🙂
- Let the floors be sticky. Being a kid is dirty, messy, noisy work. Let them work. Clean the floors during nap time or see this a memory opportunity and include them in the cleaning.
- Let the phone ring (or the text sit). This is the hardest for me. I feel an urgency to read and respond, when I receive a text or a run towards the phone, when I receive a call. However, too often I respond to my children’s request with, In a minute! or Maybe later? WE must put away our phones and #sayyes to memories.
- Let the dinner cook itself. Dinner time is one of the most stressful times for moms of young children. This is usually the time of day when everyone is melting down, even us moms. Take advantage of that beautiful crockpot that you received as a wedding gift. Seriously, this could save you from a nervous breakdown.
Read this, memorize this, and chant this often:
Babies Don’t Keep
Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
Author: Ruth Hulburt Hamilton (Thank you for sharing, Nicole)
My plea to you (and fingers right back at me) is, don’t let their childhood wait! It’s worth it.