If children are meant to bring you great joy, then mine owe me a truckload. I am not having fun and lately there seems to be more tears than laughter.
But I don’t think it’s their fault. It’s mine. I made the decision to stay home with them and provide a loving and stable upbringing – yet it seems I am conflicted. What about my life? What about the stuff I want to do? I’ve been in an absolute tizz trying to do everything at once and it’s resulting in me not doing anything very well at all.
My blogging is going well, but it takes too much of my time just to create content, let alone really participate in other blogs. When the housework gets me down, I hide on Twitter. When the kids are doing my head in, I seek solace in Facebook.
The kids can turn the house upside down in the time it takes me to reply to an email. This is not working! I need to spend more time with them, having fun.
But I’m not a fun mum. I’m an unhappy one. Should I slink on over to Facebook and cry about it? No. I’m Crash Test Mummy so I’m going to go and ask Google instead.
And what do you know? The first result to come up is of course the lovely Kelly Burstow and her wonderful blog “Be a Fun Mum”. How ironic and how fortuitous.
I need to crash test how to be a fun mum – stat!
My blog is about getting organised, taking care of yourself and having fun. I use the internet to help me do this, so crash testing Kelly’s Love the Moment Challenges seemed like the perfect idea.
Last year Kelly posed a new challenge each month. I’ve been through them all and have chosen the following to crash test over the next month.
A little box of reminder notes to help me notice and enjoy the simple little things that are everywhere.
A month long treasure hunt for interesting items to put in a discovery box we make together on the first day.
I’ll update you after a week next Wednesday with some results, photos and reflections. I’ll be sharing photos via Instagram and tweets along the way with the hashtag #imafunmum. Please join in!
An ever optimistic,
PS If you’ve found me via the Kidspot and Ford Territory Top 50 Bloggers competition, you can read my ‘Feel the Difference’ entry post and vote here :)