Growing up I always found it a little ironic that many people, moms included, need to “labor” on Labor Day.
To our military, safety/emergency personnel, and retail sales workers out there – thank you. We appreciate what you do. I hope you get a Labor Day off at some point this week, even if it’s not on the official holiday.
If you are one of the fortunate ones that does not need to go out to work today, my wish for you is that you get to spend quality time with your family. Find fun, EASY things to do so that you are not laboring as much as, or more than, your typical day.
Most kids are not typically cognizant enough to say thank you or to appreciate all you do.
But I am. I will say THANK YOU for your kids.
Thank you for caring enough to set limits and boundaries, even when it’s hard.
Thank you for providing chores and other responsibilities to help your children learn to be successful adults.
Thank you for following through on things you’ve said you will do, even when you are not sure how you will find the strength to do so.
Thank you for all of the love, hugs, cuddles, and giggles. These fill your child’s heart with your love to hold on to when you are not physically present to do so.
I know how much work it can be raising kids, especially when they are little.
On this Labor Day, take a few moments to think about ways that you can fill your heart. Find ways to take care of yourself so that you don’t get angry, exhausted, overwhelmed or burnt out. Your children might not outright appreciate or thank you. In the long run, once they are out on their own, especially if they have children, they will be able to look back and recognize at least some of what you do!
If you need help finding ways to Take Care of the Caretaker (YOU), or setting limits and following through, send me an email and we’ll set up a time to talk (NO charge).