Let's face the truth: mothering and keeping house is hard work--and it's supposed to be that way. There really is no easy way around it that will result in positive, worthy results. It's crucial we wake up and face that reality. And the reality is, our role requires daily, constant, dedicated work. The demands put on us reflect that every single day. But for us to thrive in this beautiful role of motherhood, we need to face that reality head on.
Sure, there are ways to simplify life and our work, but the role is still quite demanding and tough. Half-hearted devotion will not do.
Doing housework is simple compared with mothering. I don't mean to say it's easy to keep up with, but it is easy to do. It's black and white: when something is dirty, you clean it. Mothering isn't as simple. Sometimes we don't know the best course of action when handling a conflict that arises. Sometimes, we need to deal with our own hearts as we help shape the heart of our children.
It requires going through the fire sometimes.
I'm not interested in microwave motherhood.
You know, a fast, easy "fix" that's essentially void of any nutrition or taste.
Yet it's such an easy trap to fall into, isn't it?
We cannot take the easy way out of meeting the needs of our children and expect a good outcome.
When our children come to us for attention, are we giving them what they need or are we pointing them to the television, devices, or other people? Are we pushing off that valuable nurture our children desire with us to some "fast and easy fix, void of nutrition"? Are we attempting to replace ourselves, our time, with a poor substitute?
Mothering is nitty-gritty work. It is not hollow or shallow in the least.