"I am honestly amazed at the things you do. My mom is the same way. Do you think there’s any chance I’ll ever be able to do that much around the house, and make so much great food, all in one day? I WANT to be a good housewife (when I’m home) and I don’t even know where to start!!"
You gotta remember that I'm (almost) old!
I don't have little kids to chase after anymore, and I don't work anywhere else but here.
I think that if all you working women/ women with children under 20 made a list of the things you do in a day you'd be shocked and amazed at how productive you are.
I used to do that some days, just to keep perspective.
In two ways: I'd either make a list of all things I wanted to do, and then cross them off the list as I went, OR (my favourite way when I was feeling particularly unproductive)
Every time I did something (be it wipe a nose, wash a dish, sweep a floor... cook something etc.) I'd write it down. You know, making a list as I went.
At the end of the day, when it felt like I hadn't accomplished anything of lasting value, I would look at my list, read it through and cross everything off. Somehow, seeing that I HAD been busy made it easier to look at the pile of laundry that hadn't been washed or the floor that hadn't been mopped.
What I'm saying is cut yourselves some slack.
Motherhood is something that our husbands- people even, for the most part, don't understand. I know there are exceptions to every rule, but many times it feels like "they" don't get that motherhood/ housewife-hood has to include things like kissing it better and holding her until it stops hurting ... wiping up the spilled milk... looking at the bugs... laughing at the jokes... listening to the stories... reading the book out loud... watching the show... rubbing the back... holding the bucket... letting him "help" make the cookies ... playing play-dough... building Lego houses... dressing Barbies...
There's much more to "being at home" then meets the eye.
And most of you are trying to "be all that" AND work somewhere else full or part time as well.
I promise you, if I had another job too, I wouldn't be baking and cooking and preserving like I am now.
Keep doing what you're doing. DON'T compare yourself to me! Remember that this is all I do. And I'm only able to do what I do because I don't have to be out there doing all that you do too.
And stopping to smell the roses or listen to the wind rustle the leaves in the trees?
It goes on the list.