Okay, you caught me. This is not some special program that will pay you to take care of your kids. I wish! There’s no actual money involved here so if that’s what you were hoping for, I’m sorry. BUT, give me a few more minutes and maybe I can make it up to you.
As moms, whether working, stay at home or some combination, we work countless hours keeping our families happy, healthy and functioning. We love being a mom to these cute little “Mini Me’s”, but sometimes it feels like we are running in circles and there’s no immediate proof of our hard work. It’s in these moments that it can be easy to lose sight of the value that we contribute to our families day to day. We bravely take on poopy diapers, embrace crying children, feed hungry mouths, clean the never ending messes, push through crazy sleep schedules and so, SO much more.
But what do we have to show for it? Dirty dishes, a full diaper pail, toys everywhere, dirty laundry, empty gas tank, an empty fridge… you get the idea. That’s the proof of our hard day’s work. It’s pretty hilarious if you really think about it. I mean, what other job on this planet is it the norm, and even an indication you are doing a great job, when things look crazier at the end of the day then when you started? Seriously.
But that’s #momlife. We are basically rockstars.
So anyway, on to my point here. It’s easy to feel like you are not doing enough for your family when, at the end of the day, things seem crazier than when you started. There’s not much that is tangible to show for staying up late with a teething baby, making sure the kids are taking good naps, sorting old clothes, mediating toy drama and much more. We know we do a lot, because, heck, at the end of the day we are tired, but then we look around and think, “what just happened today?!” So sometimes our inner sense of confidence and appreciation may get off kilter. It may even seem like we make more of a difference at our part time job or that our working Significant Other has a bigger impact on the family since there’s a paycheck at the end of the day.
Well, my friend. Things are about to change.
As a mom, our role is one of the most crucial roles on the planet. That’s right, The PLANET! We disciple the next generation through our love, care, values, perspectives and basically ourselves. This responsibility is HUGE. We develop the hearts, minds and bodies of the future and it may seem small now, but their life will ripple out and deeply impact others just like yours does every day.
SO. Here is what I have done to help tilt the scale of value and appreciation for us rockstar mamas. I’ve created a fun exercise where you get to “pay” yourself for all your mom-ing. Yup! You finally get a paycheck for all your hard work and care. My goal with this exercise is that you more deeply internalize your daily value and contribution to your family. I want you to feel confident and at peace with yourself and NOT feel overwhelmed and like you are missing some imaginary mark.
There is a worksheet page where I help you figure out how much to pay yourself and then the “Mom Inc. Paychecks” page and you can print a bazillion copies of these then start writing yourself some checks!
On the worksheet page I give you some numbers for guidance but shoot for the stars! pay yourself what you want, what you feel you deserve. Do not be limited. Because remember, YOU have one of the most important jobs in the world, and I don’t say that lightly. This exercise is designed to give you something tangible to help you see all the amazing contributions you make to your family. Because face it, you pretty much awesome!
One last note. Remember, your value far exceeds any number you will every write on these checks. So have a ball writing these, but the truth is you and your love for your family are worth far more than money can buy.
(Download your “Mom Inc. Paycheck” below!)