Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rules.

I read {this} article from Real Simple last week just as I was having some serious mom guilt about having "too many rules" (out of the mouths of babes...).  The timing was ironic.  Although, I don't care much for the word "ironic."  (I just don't think God does ironic.)

Now, there was nothing earth-shattering about the article.  It wasn't emotionally moving or even worth a "share" on social media, in my opinion. However, something about it stuck with me.  The article put into words what I couldn't.

"WHY do we have do sort the silverware when we load the dishwasher, Mom?"




"All my friends get to eat in their living rooms!  WHY don't we?"





Exception to the rule: Post-op popsicles.



"Can't I just choose what I'm going to wear in the morning?  WHY do we have to pick out our clothes before bed?"

"Ugh!  WHY do I have to take my shoes off on the rug if I'm going back out in a little bit?"

These are questions I answer on a frequent basis.  Yes, the rules are hard and fast (kinda), BUT, like all good rules, they're in place for a reason.

And that reason? (Hold on to your hats.  This is earth.shattering.)

RULES SAVE US TIME.

A little preventative effort on the front end, saves us time and energy on the back end.  Don't believe me?  Let's look at the numbers.

No tracked in mud and dirt off shoes?  20+ minutes of vacuuming/scrubbing/mopping SAVED from my week.

Clothes laid out the night before school?  10 minutes per day x 5 days a week = 50 minutes a week SAVED.  AND more time to sleep in for my little students.

Sorting the silverware as we load the dishwasher?  2 minutes per load x 4 loads per week = 8 minutes SAVED per week!

Keeping food in the kitchen only (unless it's a dinner on a blanket kind of night!)?  No vacuuming/scrubbing/carpet cleaning = 30 minutes per week SAVED!

That's 100+ minutes per week SAVED!  BOOM!

And there's more, y'all.  But you get the point.

Those are 100+ minutes that I get to spend playing, going on adventures, reading, swimming, cuddling, and enjoying time with my most five of favorite people.

So, yeah.  We have rules.  Call me selfish, but I refuse to miss out on time with my peeps because I'm cleaning up messes and dealing with unnecessary headaches.

Fall in line, my little Starr-lings.  Mama has your best interest at heart.


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1 comment:

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Amen, Mama!! Loved this post!!

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