Moms are the QUEENS of multi-tasking aren’t we? I see you all everywhere…at the stores, the schools, the parks and everywhere in between. We are just THAT good at doing more than one thing at a time aren’t we? So much so, that I am seriously not even sure we can do just ONE thing. Can you imagine? Just ONE thing? Oh, how we have so much going on and too much to do. All in the game of how life rolls…
I can safely say I am a multi-tasker and I probably would earn the bronze medal for my skill level and abilities. I’m really not that good at it. I get over stimulated and can’t focus and seem to drop all the balls that I juggle if I add just one more. I see other moms going at it with top speed and full throttle focus on more than three things at a time…and it amazes me.
As for my bronze skill level, I will share what I can put in the ring…
I can make snacks for my kids, text, email, and attempt homework hour all at once. (poorly)
I can talk on the phone while holding a bowl for my son to puke in. make toast and say, “there, there” in between the phone conversation. (really poorly)
And my favorite multi-tasking fail would be:
You know it, the after school frenzy. My daughter is starving and begging for a grilled cheese. While attempting to sort through the after school papers that were thrown on my counter, and responding to a dear friend in a crisis…(text counseling rocks!) I start to make grilled cheese sandwiches, while in a deep session of text therapy. Kids running through the house and then outside, in and out…screaming…in and out fighting over something ridiculous…texting…grilled cheese…flip…plates…texting…papers…”STOP YELLING!!!”…put sandwich on plate…text more encouragement…pray for friend… “CLOSE THE DOOR!!!!!”…talk to child crying about his sister being unfair…text… “COME GET IT!!!”
Five minutes later…
“Mommy, why isn’t there any cheese in my grilled cheese???”
And my favorite multi-tasking success?
I can clean the bathroom while my kid is in the shower, ie: clean the toilet, wipe hairs off the floor (lots of hair…gross), scrub around the shower, pick up leftover towels from child #1, wipe down toothpaste crust all over the sink, and even check on supply status (ie: toilet paper, cleaner, shampoo, conditioner, razor blades, and soap… then jump in the shower too. All the while carrying on a conversation of utmost importance about the number of kids that were in his evening Ju Jitsu class. (“It was between 5 and 7 and 8 people, mom. No, wait. It was like 10 but not like 20, and with me…it was about 12. No it was for SURE 5 or 8. Definitely, not ten. Maybe 8.” Double hygiene duty, deep conversations and…AND a well-organized and sparkly bathroom to boot!
However, I often find myself daily in this award winning play:
I can sweep the floor, throw in a load of laundry, listen to my son tell me a never-ending story, watch my daughter do a dance move, make dinner, help with homework, go through school papers, respond to a flood of texts, go through backpacks, clean out lunch boxes, check email, and greet my husband as he walks in the door…sometimes, I even pee too.
Yep. I am the proud recipient of the Bronze Medal of Multi-Tasking!
Who can share their greatest multi-tasking feat EVER? I wanna hear from you ladies and I want to be IMPRESSED!
Are you Gold? Silver? Or Bronze?