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I Can’t Keep Up

In: Motherhood
Mother on couch, with three small boys, color photo

I can’t keep up. This list keeps getting longer—there is always something else that needs to get done, and I can’t keep up. So many new things to do but still the same old laundry, dishes, clean up the toys, empty the dishwasher, then reload the dishwasher, straighten up the house, but I can’t keep up. Doctor appointments to make, groceries to order, a holiday or party to plan out. I can’t keep up. I have to do it today, and all of it again tomorrow. “Leave it,” they say, “your kids are young enjoy this time,” but then I...

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A Mother’s Mind Never Rests, Because We Carry The Mental Load

In: Kids, Motherhood
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“I need to pick up a gallon of milk on the way home. Better get two. It’s amazing how fast the kids go through that stuff. I suppose that’s what growing kids do, though. That reminds me, they are overdue for their annual exams . . . I have to fold the mountain of laundry on the sofa tonight after dinner. Wait, no, it’s bath night, and we have to finish that science project. Do we have glue? I think we do. Maybe. Better add it to the grocery list . . . I need to start a grocery list....

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All That Matters When You’re Overwhelmed is That You’re Overwhelmed

In: Living, Motherhood
Overwhelmed woman leaning on wall

I slashed through the cardboard with a serrated knife because, like everything else in my life, my kitchen shears were misplaced. Packing tape, then the packaging itself, then styrofoam went flying. It was a race to the bottom of this box, and I knew what I would find. Days earlier, on a family vacation, I had confessed what all women across the globe at one time or another confess: I was overwhelmed. My husband and I had snuck away for a dinner out with Grandma watching our four kids. It was December in Florida. Warmth, waves, smiles, fun. And as...

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