I am not Superwoman.
In fact, if I hadn’t been her daughter I would have thought Superwoman was a myth.
But when I look at my mother and all that she was able to do within the course of her day, I realize that she was not alone.
Superwoman had a team!
Her team Leader was The Lord, and her daily quiet times with Him gave her the recharge she needed to attack the challenges in her day.
Her partner and supporter was her husband (my father). He supported her and backed her and provided so that she could do what she did best.
Her two side kicks were my sister and me.
My mother delegated some of the jobs within her home to us so she could homeschool us, be an assistant to my father who was serving as an associate pastor, lead a women’s Bible study, disciple one on one with women in our church, host gatherings in our home as part of my father’s ministry responsibilities, and cook and grocery shop and do the other things that “normal” wives do day in and day out.
My jobs were to keep my room clean, take care of the laundry, and kitchen cleanup after each meal. My sister had her own set of chores and responsibilities.
I don’t remember when our training as sidekicks started because helping was just something we always did. Our jobs were always age appropriate, and the older we got our jobs changed to meet our level of responsibility.
Now I am the woman of my own home and I am finding that I don’t have enough hands (or enough of me) to do all of the jobs that need to be done. Yet I have the same resources at my disposal that my mother had.
I have The Lord, and my daily time with Him is an absolute must. It recharges me so that I can tackle the daily challenges I face. (A little secret I found is to just get up for a bit when I wake up in the middle of the night and spend my time in the Word or wake up just a little bit earlier than my family does.)
I have a partner as well. My loving, supportive husband who provides for us so that I can be home and do what I do. He encourages me in each and every endeavor, and I in turn want to do the same for him.
I also have two little sidekicks in training. They are both learning how to help around the house by doing chores that are not only age appropriate, but are also suited to their personalities. Their help is invaluable.
With the big help my little sidekicks offer, I already feel the sense of relief that comes with delegating some of the smaller jobs that can put big pressure on me.
Sweet Mama, you do not have to do it alone. You have a team.
If you haven’t already, start getting your team in shape. Start them small. Be consistent. And remind them that they are an important part of your team.
Superwoman had a team.
I have a team in training.
You have a team.
Maybe one day our kids will think we were Superwoman.
But more importantly, our children need to know they have an important role on our team.
This post was originally featured on my blog The Joy of Homemaking.