My two older boys were busy with activities. *E* was finishing up his last week of Spanish class and *C* was wrapped up in a great week of VBS. In the car, dropping off, picking up... several times each morning. We came home to our regular routine of Summer Jobs, Summer Workbooks and a little bit of downtime spent reading. They are 6 and 8. Not 16 and 18. Not even 11 and 13. They need help with quite a bit still. In my attempt to teach independence I still need to spend quite a bit of time showing them how to do things. (And do these things with a crabby baby on my hip.) "Leanne, put on your oxygen mask."
My mojo was off. I wasn't allowed to sit. The 'Mommy-title' took precedent. Relationships, work, house-work all suffered. I shed a lot more tears then I usually do. "Leanne, put on your oxygen mask." It was being sung loud and with distinction by the end of the week.
This morning as I helped my son find a missing toy. I worked hard to not be frustrated. I might have even put a little Lamaze to good use ;).
Where do you find healthy oxygen?
A long walk around the block
A Bike Ride
Baking or Cooking
A good joke, a good movie, a good book
Journaling or Drawing
A shower or bath
Time talking to a loved one
A chair or swing on the front porch
All of these are outlets. Fantastic ways to breath in deep and feel the oxygen filling your lungs. Now you can effectively help others with their own masks.
- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com