As a mother I personally know that many times I put too much time or energy or some things that really don't have eternal value. It is easy to get caught up in the pressure of being the best mom.It is a 24 hours, 7 days a week job and it is hard, so may I remind you now that Super Woman...is not real!
I read this cute story in a book the other day that I thought explains this very subject well and with humor.
"When my neighbor had a son in grade school, the PTA was raising money by having a cookie sale once a week during the noon hour. The students paid a nickel for a cookie. Each class had a turn to furnish the cookies. It came my neighbor's turn to send a dozen cookies to school with her son. The day preceding was a hectic day. No time for baking cookies. But how she not send homemade cookies? What kind of a mother would they think she was? It was after midnight when she took the cookies out of the oven. The next morning she proudly sent her son to school with a dozen homemade, beautifully decorated cookies. When her son come home from school that day she asked, " Well, did you buy a cookie at noon?" "Yeah," he responded, "but by the time I got to the table all the store-bought cookies were gone. I had to buy a homemade one." ~ Virginia Pearce
"A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, "where mother is." ~Keith L. Brooks
"Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials." ~Meryl Streep
"THE AVERAGE WOMAN TODAY, I BELIEVE, WOULD DO WELL TO APPRAISE HER INTERESTS, EVALUTATE THE ACTIVITIES IN WHICH SHE IS ENGAGED, AND THEN TAKE STEPS TO SIMPLIFY HER LIFE, PUTTING THINGS OF FIRST IMPORTANCE FIRST, PLACING EMPHASIS WHERE THE REWARDS WILL BE GREATEST AND MOST ENDURING, AND RIDDING HERSELF OF THE LESS REWARDING ACTIVITIES. THE ENDLESS ENTICEMENTS AND DEMANDS OF LIFE TODAY REQUIRE THAT WE DETERMINE PRIORITIES IN ALLOCATING OUR TIME AND ENERGIES IF WE ARE TO LIVE HAPPY, POISED, PRODUCTIVE LIVES." ~ Belle S. Spafford