So let's start, shall we?
If you got out of bed this morning, give yourself 10 points. If you dragged yourself out of bed despite having had a night of marathon nursing with the baby, or waking up 3 times to bring your newly potty trained child to pee, give yourself an additional 10 points. 5 more if you had a sick child who threw up all over the sheets that needed to be washed.
5 points if you got everyone fed and dressed before anyone fainted, an additional 5 if there was minimal screaming or whining from either the kids or yourself. 5 points if you didn't have to run for the school bus today. Did you manage to eat your own breakfast? 5 points. Before lunch time? Wow, 10 points!
5 points to you, my friend, if you managed to pick something, anything from the floor, and an extra 5 if you put it back where it belonged. If you started a round of laundry, give yourself 5 points, and an additional 5 if you managed to hang it out to dry. And an extra 5 if it was done before the sun set.
Did you prepare lunch for the kids? Awesome! 10 points to you! What's that you say? You also went to the market to get ingredients for lunch? Wow, that deserves 5 points! You went with the baby strapped on you? 10 points, Mama! You're rockin' this motherhood thang like a pro!
You had to remind your kids to eat their lunch every 3 seconds, didn't you? I feel you, sista. Please, take 10 points with my best compliments. Got your kids to clear their plates and bring them to the sink? 5 points! Managed to wash some dishes? Wow, that deserves 10 points!
Did you spend some time getting the baby to nap? Uh huh. That's worthy of 10 points. Did you let her cry it out? If so, here, take 5 points, from me to your strong heart. Or perhaps you gave in, and cuddled her or nursed her? If so, 5 points for your kind heart.
If, while peeing, you were coaxed/forced to tell a story, sing a song, answer a question or were simply interrupted of your potential mini nap on the potty, please, take 10 points from me. You deserve it. So much. You know what? Take an additional 10, because I know how that feels.
Did you read anything with your kids? Yay! 10 points! An additional 10 if you actually sat with them, and if it was books that you read, and not just road signs or the back of shampoo bottles. Did the kids get water today? 10 points. In their bottles that you washed? 5 points. Did you make them snacks? 10 points. Were they healthy? 5 points.
5 points if you had to drop everything to do any of the following: a) break up a fight b) kiss a boo-boo c) smile and nod at your kids dancing or trying to tell you a joke
10 points if you bit your tongue and smiled instead of lashing out at anyone. Did you manage to prepare dinner for everyone before they had to ask? Awesome - that deserves 10 points. Or perhaps you brought the kids out for some afternoon fun somewhere? What a lovely mum! You've earned 10 points! What's that you say? You also packed the diaper bag, made sure you had water and snacks and toys for the kids? You rock! Here, take 10 points!
And the end of the day, did your kids go to bed dirty, stinky and sweaty? Or did you give them a good shower or bath? You did, didn't you, good mum? You deserve 10 points! After they're in bed, I bet you stayed up on your feet and cleared the sink, folded the laundry, picked more things off the floor and much more. You deserve 10 more points, mama!
If you managed to talk to your husband, as in have a real conversation and not "Pass the butter", here's 5 points. And a further 5 if you didn't snap at him because he was out all day and had his lunch with two hands and didn't have to feed anyone.
What's that? You also had some work to do on the computer? Wow, aren't you tired? I know you are, and I know that you will still have to do it, even if the clock shows that it's 1 in the morning. Poor you. Poor tired you. Here's 20 points from me.
If you managed to sit down at all throughout the day, or do something for yourself like make (and drink) a coffee, please, have 20 points on the house!
If you know of a mum who needs an extra pat on the back, or a virtual hug, feel free to share this with her with my very best regards and let her know that she's not alone.
In October I will be launching the "Life of Mum" linky party so please come back again to check out all these wonderful posts that mums from all over the world will share about their daily lives, doing the greatest jobs in the world. If you're a mum, and you blog too, hooray! Join the party! Details soon. Meanwhile, rock on, Mamas!