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How often have you felt completely exhausted by motherhood? Or have found yourself daydreaming of the days when you could take a bath (or even just go to the bathroom) alone? When was the last time you were able to drink a hot cup of coffee or tea. Or better yet, when was the last time you managed to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep? While being a mom certainly isn’t an easy job it has been one that has taught me it is all about appreciating the little things.
Like when you can make it a whole day without some sort of outfit change – for you or your child, I am really not that picky.
Or when your child decides to actually nap for a decent amount time – even if you are stuck underneath them.
How about going grocery shopping without your child throwing some sort of fit. Or gosh, how about just even going grocery shopping alone? What a dream that would be?
With appreciating the little things there also comes finding the humor where ever possible. Trust me, cleaning up yet another poopsplosion is at lot less terrible when you can laugh about it. Don’t get me wrong, it is still awful – nothing is going to change that – but finding the humor makes it a lot more bearable when you find yourself showering your kid fully clothed because there was just too much poop to do anything else.
Speaking of appreciating the little things and finding the humor in parenting…
I recently received a gift from a fellow mom that was all too relatable. A book by the name of How it Works: The Mum by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris. Now when I say book, I am not referring to one of those novels that I used to have the luxury of reading pre mom life. I am referring to what looks like a children’s book. Only a few short pages in length, large print, and colorful images straight out of a 1950’s magazine – but flawlessly written for grownups. Even if I hadn’t been able to find the 5 or 10 minutes it would take to read this delightful gift front to back, the first page was enough to let me know that this was something was I was happy to own.
Now tell me this doesn’t sum up the job of being a mother perfectly.
Out of all of the parenting books I have read, not one has been as accurate as How it Works: The Mum. Sure, most have touched on the fact that your child will puke and that there will be at least a few sleepless nights but none of them do so with such simplicity and honesty – and maybe even a little mockery – as ‘How it Works’.
This is a book that I happen to read fairly often. Well, as often as you can being a mom of course.
And each time I pick up this delightful little hard cover and crack open the spine I find myself relating to a new page. During my first read I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the mention of wondering if one would ever stop smelling of sick. Now, as my sweet baby grows a little older and is becoming more mobile, it is the mention of a child “helping” that seems to be resonating most.
“The mum gets lots of help from her little ones.
Daisy is helping to move the laundry basket away from her mum.
She has done this fourteen times in the last five minutes.”
I am sure that most of you can relate to that game. If it’s not moving something you are using then it’s your child throwing something for you to pick up – over and over and over again. I can’t begin to describe how much of my day is spent picking up the things that my child has thrown on the floor.
Sometimes I think he’s trying get me to play fetch.
I am not a dog, but I am not sure that my son has figured that out yet.
When it comes to motherhood, ‘How it Works’ has carefully crafted a narrative so accurate that it even goes so far as to describe what it is like to be the mom of an older or adult child. While comparing a human to a kangaroo might seem a little out there regarding parenting, I can assure you that it paints quite the foreshadowing picture.
” The young kangaroo lives with its mum until it is strong enough to leave.
Unlike a human child, it does not move back in shortly afterwards and stay for years.”
See this is a book that reaches all facets of motherhood. It describes how crafty and creative one becomes, especially when finding alternative uses for those wine corks that tend to be collected over time. It depicts how often you will be stuck watching the same children’s television show until you know every single word of every single song. It even touches on how easy it is to become sidetracked and forgetful.
It’s not very often that I will swear by a book or even be this thrilled over a small gift. However, after reading How it Works: The Mum as many times as I have and finding myself laughing every single time I’ve opened the book, I felt it was only fair to share my experience with those around me.
Knowing how easy it is to get caught up in the difficulties and frustrations that come with being a mom – between teething babes and sleepless nights – of course I am going to take every opportunity I can to brighten someone’s day. If that means spending a small amount of money to purchase a gift that a mom may appreciate just as much as I have, then that is exactly what I will do – and I will always encourage others to do the same!
What is your favorite way to brighten someones day?
Other ‘How it Works’ Titles Available:
How it Works: The Dad