How to Keep House While Drowning, Being a Working Mom and Keeping Your Peace (#6)

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We’re heading into a busy time of year with back-to-school, holidays, new schedules, homework….we really want to emphasize how important it is to feel okay with how little or how much you can handle all the things. Beyond the sheer labor of trying to get everyone done, we can waste soo much head space on evaluating ourselves and the job we are doing.
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Book We Loved

We really love the book “How to Keep House While Drowning“.  KC Davis is a licensed professional counselor who herself has struggled herself with ADHD and postpartum and ongoing anxiety and depression. This book offers PRACTICAL advice to how to handle the daily deluge of stuff on your to-do list. Here’s an excerpt:
“You are not required to contribute to be worthy of love and care and belonging. We know this is true because you could be connected to a ventilator unable to contribute anything (and in fact be using lots of resources) and still be a worthy human being. We all have seasons of life when we are capable of contributing more or less than the people around us….It’s stressful to try to summon up 100% motivation sitting on the couch.
Let yourself use 5% motivation to do 5% of the task. Maybe you keep going. Maybe you don’t. That’s ok. Anything worth doing is worth doing partially….What does help is to just let yourself move as slowly as you need to. No timers. No agenda. You may not get it all done. But you get more done than you would’ve if you hadn’t done anything.” (Source)

What We Read

Whether you’re a working parent, a stay-at-home-parent, or somewhere in between, its common to feel misunderstood by others. Day-to-day toils can leave us feeling isolated- no one could possibly understand what we are going through. Others must have it easier, we think. This article from Motherly helps you feel like you aren’t alone, no matter what situation you’re currently in. (Read the article)

Quote We Liked

“If it costs you your peace, it is too expensive.” — Paulo Coelho
What situations are you in that disturb your peace of mind? 

Helper of the Week

Margo Jones is a Certified Lactation Consultant, helping families with breastfeeding. Available for home visits in the Boston area. Also available for online/virtual appointments.

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Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

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