Sometimes I prepare my children dinner from scratch and other times I pop something frozen, quick and easy into the oven and call it a day.
And you know what?
I don’t feel as guilty as I once did about it.
I used to put so much pressure on myself to “do it all.”
Who am I kidding?
I just did that to myself last month!
Last month, I was trying to make sure every dinner was made from scratch, the house was spotless, the laundry was always done, folded and put away, fridge always stocked, and the list goes on.
And while the unattainable things I listed above did get done for a week or so, other areas in my life began to fall short.
I wasn’t getting my daily workout in. My working hours were being replaced with housework and I was just feeling overwhelmed.
When the laundry would pile up, or the fridge would be empty, or the kids would walk around eating something and crumbs would be all over the floor, or I was late to take them to their lessons because the freshly made dinner took longer than I expected; I would feel defeated.
Completely and utterly defeated.
I’m not sure what compelled me to try and be the “perfect” mom last month. But I have a strong feeling it had something to do with shame. I wrote about these feelings in a post here.
Since I wrote about these feelings I can feel myself coming back to my senses. (Thank god)!
In fact, when I’m being sensible, I’m not as hard on myself. If I feed my kids something that’s convenient, I don’t feel like I’m a bad mom.
However, when I revert back to shame, and guilty feelings, I end up trying to “do it all.”
I’m sure the kids appreciate when I’m the mom who buys donuts for her kids class instead of baking from scratch. (I wrote about that here). They’ve seen me attempt to bake a birthday cake. It wasn’t tasty at all, and it fell apart because I used the wrong oil.
On a multicultural day last year at the kid’s school, I bought Sum-m! Fine Choice Foods Vegetable Spring Rolls. I knew not to put myself under extreme pressure by attempting to make forty spring rolls.
I didn’t have time for that!
And you know what?
The kids were fine with it.
They know I’ve never attempted making spring rolls. They know I’m their half Chinese mom who isn’t very Chinese at all. In other words, they’re smart enough to know the store bought spring rolls would most-likely taste better.
And since the multicultural day, these crispy spring rolls have become a favorite in our home!
In fact, when the kids have sports activities after school I’ve popped Sum-m! Fine Choice Foods pork spring rolls in the oven and whipped up some of the vegetable gyozas because it’s such a quick and easy meal.
Sum-m! products are made from fresh ingredients, free from MSG & trans-fat.
The kids love them. And I love adding a little “SummThing” ( see what I did there?) that only takes me twenty minutes to make, to our busy day!
In short, if parenting is making you feel overwhelmed or you just don’t have time in your busy schedule to make a fresh meal from scratch, adding a little “SummThing” to make your day easier (whatever that may be) doesn’t make you a bad mom.
In fact, I know it makes my kids happy because when moms happy, everyone’s happy! And as cliche as this may sound (cliche is my jam) life is too short to be anything but… happy!
(And that folks, is a lot of happy!)
*This is a sponsored post written in partnership with Sum-m! by Fine Choice Foods
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