Moms are incredible multitaskers … or at least we try to be. We have to be. How else do we attempt to get our massive to-do lists done?
It’s nearly impossible to slow down long enough to completely focus on only one thing. If we devote all of our attention to housework, the kids will burn down the house. And if we focus solely on the kids, the house will fall apart around us.
So we continue on each day with all of our spinning plates knowing that some of them are bound to fall. While a lot of the following can be chocked up simply to “mom brain,” a great deal of mom-brainedness stems from multitasking.
It’s also probably a big reason why we say “hurry up” so much to our kids. They typically do only one thing at a time and they don’t switch gears as fast as we do. My guys have a hard time both telling me a story and getting on their shoes at the same time. And on occasion, I wish I could be that way too, to focus only on what I’m doing in the moment.
But I guess in the end, we need to focus on keeping the children alive, give our half-attention to other tasks, and just try to have a sense of humor about it.
Here are some of my most memorable multitasking-gone-wrong moments.
- I regularly forget my cup of continually resurrected coffee in the microwave.
- While checking over homework, I burned my kids’ grilled cheese sandwiches.
- I knocked my child down while trying to (blindly) reach for his hand to help him up the steps while my arms were full.
- I mistook the cinnamon for cumin while seasoning hamburger meat for tacos, and I didn’t notice until after I served it.
- I was following up on emails while gassing up the car and I drove away from the pump with the nozzle still stuck in the tank.
- I completely missed what my children or husband were saying because I was too busy making a shopping list.
- While talking to my husband and putting groceries away, I put the milk in the cupboard instead of the fridge.
- I regularly forget why I’ve walked into a room while doing multiple housework projects at once.
- I forgot to pick up the prescription I specifically left the house to go get.
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