I can't do it.
There, I said it.
Apparently women, and particularly mothers, are meant to be good at it.
Maybe there are mums out there who are good at it.
I am not one of them.
Well, I can do it, and I often have to, but 'sumfins gotta give'. It's either my presence and my calm mood, one of the tasks (ie, overcooked eggs.....nooooooo!) or usually, and most importantly, my connection to my children.
My aim is to do one thing at time as much as I can. It's a revelation really. I am finding parenting a little less daunting if I am not trying to do 50 other things at once.
If I'm playing with my kids, I'm playing with my kids. If I'm doing a job with the kids, or by myself, I'm in the moment. If something happens in the moment that requires me to do something else, I do what is required of me in that moment.
At least, that is the plan.
It's mindfulness at its best. There is a spaciousness around what I do, especially when we are communicating with each other...there is nowhere else I want to be.
I am in the now.
The best and most powerful description of mindfulness and living in the now that I know of is by Eckhart Tolle. He has written The Power of the Now and my favourite, the sequel, A New Earth. I return to these books again and again.
In light of my new way of being and my desire to do one thing at a time as much as possible, today's schedule for this busy mum is....be with the kids, stretch, nap and meditate, a couple of household jobs, make some cupcakes (Master 5's request for the day), ensure everyone is fed, watered and cuddled and visit Robyn for some kinesiology....hmm, that sounds pretty sweet to me!
This week we made some new play dough. I love playing with it while it is fresh and warm!
Master 5 played with the shop-bought stuff....how cute is this?! I love the shadow in the background too.
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