Hurry! Finding the Play Button


I tend to run in Fast Forward or  Stop (and nowhere in-between).  This means, I’m either running around madly or unable to move. I’m missing the play button. The consequence of this is I often run into furniture and trip over things.  I drop boxes on my feet and cut myself in the kitchen. Being in fast forward means I’m always in a hurry.

This is something I’ve been working on: finding the play button in my life.  Because, when I’m constantly in a hurry, I stress my family out. You see, I like it when I’m in hurry mode (ie Fast Forward) so I often leave things to the last minute so I HAVE to run around madly.  I’ve been slow to learn this lesson: Hurry + Children = Stress.

Friday Morning: print Miss 9’s assignment – make four lunches – change a nappy – back four bags – brush four heads of hair – four mouths to feed – don’t forget to get your shoes – in car – forgot phone – run back inside – drive to school – late – walk children up – son crying – sun in his eyes – Miss 3 can’t move quickly enough – back in car – drive to kindy to drop off Miss 5 – stayed to settle – hurry – hurry – hurry – back in the car – stop.

Admittedly, not every morning is quite as bad as the Friday gone; however, it made me think.  When I’m in a hurry, it’s rarely a good thing for my family.  Looking back over my Friday morning, I can see a lot of the fast forwardness (is that even a word?) was due to lack of organisation.

I can be organised, I like being organised but I choose not to be sometimes because I also like to hurry. I’m choosing to bring more organisation into my life because my family’s needs are important to me and I seek to create an environment of harmony  in my home. Here’s to me finding my play button.

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    April 17, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Sounds like the story of my life. Even when I try to be organised something always doesn’t go to plan & I end up in fast forward anyway. Such is life.

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    April 17, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Interesting ..Love reading these posts….I agree Hurry + Children = Stress…especially children with special needs…u always seem to be on top of all u do with your family and I love that about u…your kids r very lucky to have u as a Mum!!!!!

    One thought…maybe u could try to have a routine for school/kindy mornings? and that is probably really hard with four kids ..I only have one kid and we have a routine for school mornings……and then compromise and have your hurrying times/days on the weekends, school free days/public hols ….etc..(.I bet u do this already anyway…)

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    April 17, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I have mornings like that, too!

    My little ones have even begun to ask, “Are we late?” when we head out the door for something. How sad is that?

    I love the concept of finding the play button, what a great way to think about it!! I’m going to work on that this coming week. Thanks for the reminder!

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    April 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Some great thoughts you have provoked here. I think back to crazy mornings and morning that were actually fun when the same pressure was on but the difference was my organisation and my attitude. It takes work hey? 🙂 Mxx

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    April 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Hi Kelly
    thanks so much for stopping by.. it’s always great to meet a new face and another aussie blogger!!… Well I can so relate to this.. even though I don’t have kids I only seem to have a GO and STOP button… at work ppl have always told me I’m the ‘All or nothing girl’… I think I am in STOP mode at present… and just like you trying to learn how to PLAY….. love your painted lady in the sidebar… she’s a cutie… thanks for the well wishes on my anniversary post.. please come back by later in the week as I’m having a giveaway.. Julie

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    April 17, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I only have one baby so far, but I can already see that I am constantly rushing around. I can only imagine what it will be like when I have three or more kids… I should probably get myself organised now while I have the chance!

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    April 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm


    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, it makes me so happy.

    I love your Mum blogs a lot!

    Agneta, the swedish one;)

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    April 17, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the lovely mention. I was way too busy in March and I could tell that my “rushing” was certainly having an impact on the family. The first week back to term 2 has been much better and I am going to work very hard to keep less busy.

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    Farmers Wife
    April 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I like to be organised. I don’t seem to ever be though.

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    April 18, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I could use a pause putton too …I tend to rush and stress my family too. I shout 101 instructions and leave my family confused as what to do first . I’m going to try harder. I think I’ll write PLAY on a post it for my mirror & fridge.

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    April 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I know exactly what you mean – I joke that I have two speeds – full steam ahead or full stop (usually asleep in bed)!

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    April 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for your comment, Kelly.
    I know exactly what you mean. The trick is to take joy in it, right?!

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    April 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Neat challenge – I could definitely learn from this analogy!!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      April 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Yeah, it’s a different way of thinking. I’m trying but it’s hard work! lol

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