The root of my boredom is not that I am a bad mom, or a lazy mom. I’m just one that needs things shaken up a bit. The biggest key to unlocking boredom for me is to limit a task to five to seven minutes maximum. I live my life in five-to-seven minute chunks. I use a timer for practically everything.
Everyone is not cut out to do mundane tasks with the humility and meditative spirit of monks in monasteries. We are all called, however, to bear any cross with the help of Christ who did it first– even our boredom.
For those of you lucky souls that enjoy all the activities that I am about to mention, please pray for moms like me. Better yet, teach us how to enjoy them better.
How to Shake Up Ten Boring Tasks of Motherhood:
1. Laundry: Standing in front of a mountain of laundry pretty much gives me a panic attack. My dear friend Claudia finally broke through to me with 3 words: do tiny loads. One small load of one person’s laundry in the house seemed like an ant hill to step over rather than a mountain to be climbed.
2. Dishes: Wash as I go. Period. 2-3 dishes are better than 20 any day. I try very hard to clean the kitchen while cooking so that the only thing my kids (ahem) have to do is load the dishwasher.
3. Homework: A yoga ball. Or better yet, standing while studying. Try and balance your weight on a yoga ball and tell me you’re bored. You are just too busy trying to keep your bum off the ground!
4. Anything involving socks: Socks are evil. Jesus wore sandals, remember? No one in my family has the luxury of having socks in their bedrooms unless they are willing to fish them out of the fruit-bin-like apparatus that houses them in my laundry room.
5. Crafts that involve anything you have to clean up: Crafts are just not for me. Cookie trays rescued me when my kids were little. You can start just about anything, and when you want to pause, you can move the mess off the table without drama.
6. Night time needs of an infant: This one necessary task earns points in heaven. I truly believe that every mom has a jewel in their mansion for every single minute they spend taking care of a baby during the wee hours of the night. It may be boring, but it blesses so many people in the long run.
7. Playing board games: I have completely given this up. I have tried and tried, but playing board games with kids makes me feel like I’m going to crawl out of my skin. Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy takes care of all of the gaming needs in this house.
8. Reading the same books, watching the same video, eating the same food: For books, trying out different accents like a Broadway actress helps. For videos, I always snoozed off a bit. The same frozen tortellini that can make in my sleep? I make enough to feed the neighborhood, package it in ziploc bags and show the kids how to heat it up in the microwave.
9. Long, elaborate bedtime routines: If I fell asleep before my baby/toddler did during their bedtime routine, it was too long. I scaled everything back to no longer than (you guessed it) 5-7 minutes. And yes, I use a gentle timer to let my child know, Mommy/Baby time was over. Mommy/Daddy time needed to start. Night. Night. Kiss. Kiss.
10. Waiting….anywhere with a toddler. Minutes become hours with toddlers. This is time for a mini-magnadoodle, silly putty, a deck of 12 cards (not 52!) and a pencil/notebook combo. I swear my teenagers need these things too!
How have you “shaken things up” in mommyhood?
Have you managed to tailor tasks to suit your personality?
Please share, because I am always looking for something exciting to do with socks.