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I like to think of myself as a fairly positive person. (Don’t we all?) I mean, if I’m being completely honest I am melancholic by nature and more than capable of picking apart what is exactly wrong in a situation, and how far from perfection it actually is, but I also think I’m reasonably glass-half-full.
A third of the time at least. 😉
Regardless of whether or not I am a constant font of maddening encouragement or not, one thing I do try to do is always look at the bigger picture. The small picture- the right here and now of the moment, can seem big and frustrating and over-powering, but it’s usually not. Most of the time the moments that we stress about are totally forgotten in a year, a month’s or even a day’s times. They become a blip on the radar of history. Something I’m holding on to especially well right now after having had a ridiculously hard parenting day that left me reaching for both wine and chocolate ice-cream, a combination I only bring out on special occasions.
Days like today, everything seems big and hard and exhausting, and I just want a moment of reprieve. A nice big walk all by myself would be great, but seeing as that’s not always possible, I go for the next best thing: perspective.
Now the hard thing about perspective, is that it doesn’t take much to lose it. In fact I’m fairly certain there’s a lost island somewhere completely comprised of odd socks, hair ties, pens that actually work, and perspective. And usually it only takes one of those things going missing for the latter to just jump up and abandon ship as well. Negotiating the ensuing madness, and trying to find the point of everything is definitely worth it, but at times it’s just so bloody hard.
Chocolate and wine type hard.
Enter the #MUMMYHACK.
You’ve heard of life hacks I’m sure? They are defined as anything that increases productivity and efficiency, or basically makes your life easier. Or ‘anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.’
MUMMYHACKS is the initiative of DAIRYLEA – the much-loved cheese brand which is now available in Australia,and are pretty much the same thing, except they are designed by mums, and for mums to make all those mothering tasks just that little bit easier.
What that actually equates to is different for everyone. When I asked people about their best life hack’s over on Facebook, I got all manner of answers from:
“Light some scented candles, a nice smelling house creates the illusion of a clean house…..” -Mandy
” I tell my son that the toys need to sleep, and get him to help “put them to bed”!“- Adeline
“keep doors closed when you have visitors – I make sure the living/dining area and the bathroom are clean then the rest just gets shut behind doors“- Jemma.
Not to mention the biggest secret of a friend who says, ‘white wine in a coffee mug looks a lot like green tea and can help you withstand otherwise difficult company.” An ingenious idea, that of course I can only encourage you to try sparingly. 🙂
Everyone’s got tips on how to make life easier. I personally am a fan of the cupboard that you open, throw stuff in, and shut before it all falls out again. It also works for the freezer, though Boatman might disagree with me there….
And whilst most of the time I would like to do things well and ‘properly,’ let’s be completely honest, it’s not always going to happen. There are only so many battles that can be had in a day, and only so many moments used well.
Perspective, when it hasn’t run off with my vacuum cleaner head, is the thing that reminds me to focus on what’s actually important, whilst #MUMMYHACKS, are all the little things that get me through the chaos.
It’s hiding extra fruit in a slice so that Miss Bridie will eat it.
It’s offering $2 to the first child to find a missing shoe, that I have no time to look for. (Works a treat!)
And it’s taking turns writing a story in a notebook, which is fun, and not at all focused on comprehension and spelling skills 😉
It’s all the ways I reduce the normal every day conflicts, so I can focus on what really matters to our family. The by product of that being making it through these tough days with a little bit more grace, and a little less chocolate. (Well maybe not less chocolate, but it’s a nice idea. 🙂 )
Like I said. I like to think I’m a positive person. Whether I am or not, is plainly open for negation, but I do try to see the good, and I’m always focusing on the big picture. Today is going to be gone before I know it, but what I do today will either make tomorrow better or ten times more crazy.
It’s all in the perspective.
And the #MUMMYHACK
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What’s your best #mummyhack?