This was first published in March 2016, but I’m still lying to myself every day so I figured it was worth reposting. Check it out!
::singing:: tell me lies tell me sweet little lies…. So, my inner voice is a liar. I lie to myself all the time. I mean…fibs really. Teeny tiny white lies, honestly. I realize the lies I tell myself help me get through the day sometimes. They’re necessary for survival. So I’m lying for my own good!
Lie: I’ll finish that ____ when the kids go down for nap.
Truth: No the hell I won’t. I’ll lay down and try to recover for 20 minutes, then feel guilty for “wasting” time, tidy up a little then finally get back to work right before Kai wakes up and screams for me.
Lie: This is the last coffee of the day.
Truth: This is the last coffee for the morning.
Lie: When he turns 4 he’ll be calmer
Truth: My life will be a shambles until he’s like 12.
Lie: I’ll organize these drawers next weekend.
Truth: Not a chance. It just seems like the right thing to say when I’m digging through the disorganized bins annoyed at myself for not organizing them the last time I was digging through them annoyed at myself for not organizing them.
Lie: When they wake up from nap, they’ll be easier to deal with
Truth: Probably not, but I’ll be more caffeinated and prepared for them after having the time to breathe.
Lie: Homeschooling wont be so bad…
Truth: Yes it will. I’m probably going to ruin their brains.
Lie: This will just take a minute.
Truth: Nothing takes a minute anymore for me with these children. You know what does just take a minute? Breaking something, hitting kai, writing on the wall, falling from somewhere you shouldn’t be climbing, getting your finger stuck in a hole, sneaking playdoh into your mouth, throwing your shovel in the pond and then crying for it, locking yourself in the bathroom, getting half a grape stuck up your nostril, etc.
Lie: It’s not thaaat messy.
Truth: Yes the hell it is.
Lie: OK, today is the day there will be no time outs in this house.
Truth: It’s also the day my aunt keeps the kids.
Lie: I’m taking a bubble bath tonight
Truth: I’m going to drink a glass of wine and stand in the shower mentally scanning the day for things I did right as a mom and trying to stay awake long enough to get some work done.
I know I can’t be alone in this….
What lies do you tell yourself?