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Every Mama a Hero!

Ever heard the phrase sisyphean effort? It refers to any endless, frustrating, fruitless task, and it’s based on the mythological Greek king, Sisyphus. In short, King Sisyphus was a crafty, incestuous, murderous king who cheesed off the wrong mythical figure and was sentenced to an eternity of pushing a huge boulder up a hill almost to the top only to have it roll back to the bottom of the hill where he’d have to start all over again…whine, whine, whine.


Seriously? The best they could come up with was to sentence the black-hearted king to be a mom?


Mommy boulder #1 ~ Every mommy knows the moment the mountain of laundry is reduced to the last load, it’s a clear invitation to every stomach/intestinal bug in the vicinity to visit with their leaking, spewing, and reeking baggage of bodily fluids.


Mommy boulder #2 ~ Every mommy has experienced the sinking feeling of tackling the mountain of dishes, triumphantly putting away the last dish, and heading to the family room to sit down for the first time all day only to spy a pile of dirty cups and plates on the coffee table while simultaneously being bombarded with “I’m hungry!” and “What’s for dinner?”



Mommy boulder #3 ~ Every mommy’s shoulders have drooped when, upon vacuuming the family room and moving on to the bedrooms, she’s heard the unmistakable crunch of crackers and rushed back into the family room to find her toddler gleefully dancing to the magical music of goldfish being ground into carpet.


Mommy boulder #4 ~ Every mommy has cringed when, after organizing the playroom into neat bins of Legos, crayons, Hotwheels, Barbies, blocks, magnetic letters, puzzles, marbles, Squinkies, tea sets, play food, My Little Ponies, etc, she’s headed into the kitchen to start lunch only to run back at break-neck, but oddly slow-motion, and either way, insufficient, speed, at the shout “Where’s my blue truck?” followed by the crash of multiple bins being dumped into one. big. pile.


Mommy boulder #5 ~ Every mommy’s brain has mulled thoughts of possible tortures and other heinous acts of revenge after nursing her baby to sleep and then, bladder bursting, trying to slip out of the room only to hear the clomp of preschooler feet followed by the inevitable, “Mooooommmmyyyyy!” followed by the equally inevitable baby wail. (Note: real cause of incontinence?)


Source: via Linda on Pinterest


Any ‘Mommy boulders’ you’d like to add, my fellow mountain-climbing mamas?


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L.R.Knost is a best-selling parenting and children’s book author and founder and director of Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, an online resource for gentle parenting education, articles, and research. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting (Release date: May 2014) the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, as well as her children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series available from Amazon and other major retailers.

8 Responses

  1. Melissa

    The endless circle of conversation with the 2.5 year old trying to determine what he would like for lunch b/c if you pick it out for him it won’t get eaten, but everything suggested (and I mean everything in the pantry, fridge, and freezer) is rejected, pulling the 1.5 year old out of the trash can, picking up the 3 month old, back to the lunch conversation, while pulling the 1.5 year old off the table, bouncing the 3 month old on your hip, again asking about lunch, trying to get the 1.5 to color, or play with the doll, or pretty much anything that might occupy her for more than 2 minutes, nursing the 3 month old while preparing lunch that you could never gain consent on with the free hand, pulling the 1.5 year old out of the bedroom where there is now a pile of wipes on the floor rather than in the container, having the one-handed lunch rejected, but if taken away, screamed for, trying to one-handed burp the 3 month old while putting the 1.5 year old into the high chair so she too can reject the lunch but scream for it if removed for another option. Repeat daily.

    January 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      Oh, I can soooo relate! Do you at least have a moby or sling to help with the nursing-on-the-go? Oh, and have you checked out (that link may not work, but it’s Super Simple & Healthy Foods with a Side of Fun)? One idea with your lunch issue might be to put out a small amount of each item to make one of the ‘Cone’ lunches and let your 2.5 make his own!

      January 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    • Kerri

      Sounds EXACTLY like my house. So it’s not just me… 🙂

      January 20, 2012 at 12:57 am

      • L.R. Knost

        Lol, no, not just you! I call it ‘joyful chaos.’ May noy feel so joyful all the time, but I keep reminding myself that the only perfectly peaceful and completely clean house that stays that way for more than a miraculous second is a vacant one!

        January 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  2. Homeschooling and having to teach the same thing seemingly a million times. I swear I could spend my whole day just teaching multiplication, why we capitalize, and read the same chapter of the same book – as soon as school day is over – it’s all forgotten. AAAhrgh! 🙂

    January 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    • L.R. Knost

      I hear you! Through the years, I’ve found that my children remember things we use ‘in real life’ 100% better and learn them more quickly, too (and I don’t get a headache from beating my head against a brick wall, lol). For instance, with multiplication (and most math concepts) I usually use money. It’s amazing how quickly they get a concept when it involves money! For multiplication concepts, instead of drilling them I might do something like tell them I’ll pay them in pennies for jumping jacks. I’ll say, “I’ll give you three (or whatever number we’re working on) pennies for every jumping jack you do if you can tell me how much I owe you. Then I’ll call out, “Five!” and they’ll do the 5 jumping jacks, then they have to multiply the 5 jumping jacks times the 3 penny offer and tell me how much I owe them. Great excercise to get the brain cells firing, too! Baking cookies and using a pizza cutter to teach fractions is a fave at our house, too, but not as healthy as learning multiplication, lol. 🙂

      January 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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