Contrary to popular belief, most mommies do not lie on the couch and eat bonbons all day. What mostly invisible work do we do? (This is my list, of course, and your mileage may vary.)
Mommies pick up the toys over and over and over again.Just because you’ve come into a room with toys on the floor, it doesn’t mean we haven’t picked them up…twenty or thirty times.
Mommies take the vomit- or poop-soaked sheets off the bed and spray them and put them in the laundry. Again.
Mommies make sure the house doesn’t run out of soap and detergent and the kids’ favorite snacks and bread and milk and cheese and strawberries.
Mommies read Knuffle Bunny for the 50th time and sing the ABC song for the thousandth time, doing our best to sound just as chipper as we did the first time.
Mommies make sure kids get dressed, lunches get packed, permission slips get signed, health forms are filled in, and camp applications are filled out.
Mommies make sure we’ve actually joined the shul so that we get tickets for the High Holidays and can pay member prices for preschool.
Mommies kiss booboos over and over until we get exactly the spot our child insists is hurt.
Mommies laugh when our child accidentally goes underwater in the pool, so they don’t know they’re supposed to be scared, even though our own heart has just stopped.
Mommies don’t strangle our little darlings when they do things like insist they won’t drink their milk until we clean the minuscule speck of milk off the top of the straw cup, or refuse to eat ravioli that’s square instead of round.
Mommies wake up at any time of the night in order to snuggle small children who’ve had a bad dream, got lonely, or feel sick. And then we get up in the morning and get on with everything else. Caffeine is good.
Mommies take kids to the doctor even when we’re sure it’s nothing serious, because it’s better we look overprotective than our kid gets sicker.
Mommies make dinner while two children ask questions, step on our feet, drop paint on the floor, hit each other, and shriek.
Mommies sweep rice up off the floor. Again. And wipe up the spilled chocolate milk. Again.
Mommies know how much children’s ibuprofen is safe.
Mommies insist the kids have to eat their dinner, even when it would be easier to just give them the damn dessert and be done with it.
Mommies make dinner and wash the dishes and unload and reload the dishwasher, and there’s still a table covered in dirty dishes and how does that work anyway?
Mommies water the plants in the front window and the veggies on the back deck. At least…they try to remember.
Mommies plan birthday parties and make sure the house is always stocked with presents for other kids’ parties.
Mommies make dinner for the in-laws, even when Daddies have forgotten to mention they invited them. In fact, most of the time, Mommies are the ones who invite the in-laws for dinner, while pretending it was actually Daddy’s idea.
Mommies help with homework and try to guide the kids toward the right answer, even when it would be easier just to tell them.
However, Mommies do not do windows or mow lawns. Well, at least this one doesn’t 😀