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  • that poem about not bothering about housework

    there was a great poem that used to do the rounds on here about enjoying & loving your children & that housework could wait. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    Baby girl Megan (Sept '06)

    Baby boy Eli (Feb '09)

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    • MD
    • Joined on 5 Nov 2006
    • The Cold North
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    Not sure if this is the right one, but its one I love

    Housework Can Wait

     

    Come in, but don't expect to find
    All dishes done, all floors ashine.
    Observe the crumgs and toys galore.
    The smudgy prints upon the door.
    The little ones we shelter here
    Don't thrive on a spotless atmosphere.
    They're more inclined to disarray
    And carefree even messy play.
    Their needs are great, their patience small.
    All day I'm at their beck and call.
    It's Mommy come! Mommy see!
    Wiggly worms and red scraped knee.
    Painted pictures, blocks piled high.
    My floors unshined, the days go by.
    Some future day they'll flee this nest,
    And I at last will have a rest!
    Now you tell me which matters more,
    A happy child or a polished floor?

    ...Author Unknown

     

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    Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
    empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    hang out the washing and butter the bread,
    sew on a button and make up a bed.

    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

    Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
    (lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo).
    Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    (pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).

    The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
    and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
    but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
    Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
    (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

    The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,

    for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
    I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep
    .

    Smile

    Baby girl - May 07

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    brilliant - thanks both Thanks

    Baby girl Megan (Sept '06)

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    • Jugs
    • Joined on 27 Apr 2005
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    I have this one

    Some houses try to hide the fact that children live there,

    ours boasts of it quite openly, the signs are every where.

    for smears are on the windows, little smudges on the door,

    i should apologise for the toys strewn on the floor.

    but i sat down with the children and we played

    and we laughed and we read.

    and if the windows do not shine, their eyes will shine instead.

    and when at times I'm forced to choose one job or the other,

    i want to be a housewife, but first I'll be a Mother x

     

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    Jugs:

    when at times I'm forced to choose one job or the other,

    i want to be a housewife, but first I'll be a Mother x

    god, that's just perfect, that's exactly how it is Love

    Baby girl Megan (Sept '06)

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    This is the one that appeals to the twee inner-me:

     

    Some houses try to hide the fact that children shelter there,
    Ours boasts of it quite openly, the signs are everywhere,
    For smears are on the windows, little smudges on the door,
    I should apologise I guess for toys shrewn on the floor,
    But I sat down with the children and we played and laughed and read,
    And if the windows do not shine, their eyes will shine instead,
    And when at times I'm forced to choose the one job or the other,
    I want to be a housewife, but first I'll be a mother.

     

    Very twee, but the sentiment brings a hormonal tear to me eye Laugh

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    Blimey, those just made me cry, what the hell is wrong with me Laugh

    I had a mind once, now I have small children.

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    Fantastic poems. I'm def in this camp says she looking at the floors which haven't been mopped in er months.

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    • Bubba
    • Joined on 20 Jul 2003
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    I'll have to keep some of those

    The one I have on my fridge is

    I hope my child looks back on today and sees a parent who had time to play

    there will be years for cleaning and cooking, but children grow up when you're not looking

    so settle down cobwebs and dust go to sleep

    I'm cuddling my baby and babies don't keep

    George James - 25th August 2006

    Henry Peter - 26th December 2008

    Faye Alice - 22nd July 2011

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    • lambi
    • Joined on 17 Feb 2008
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    i love this one, really want to make a cross stitch of it for the kitchen, if only I were that talented!

     I hope my child looks back on today
    And sees a mother who had time to play.
    There will be years for cleaning and cooking,
    But children grow up when you’re not looking.
    Tomorrow I’ll do all the chores you can mention
    But today, my baby needs time and attention.
    So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep,
    I’m cuddling my baby, and babies don’t keep.

    You ok SH? How is E doing? Hope his teeth aren't causing too much bother. x

    Baby boy February 2009 - 36+0 - 6lb 12oz - Emergency CS Baby boy

    Baby girl August 2011 - 39+2 - 8lb 13oz - VBAC Baby girl

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    great - thank you everyone. A NZ facebook friend of mine had something about how being a SAHM didn't mean she liked housework on her status, and I thought it would be a good thing to show her.

    handbag:
    You ok SH? How is E doing? Hope his teeth aren't causing too much bother. x

    I'm fine, thanks handbag. E is doing okay, apart from catching M's toddler cold this week. He's hard work at the moment though - crawling, pulling up to standing, cruising, doesn't stay still for a minute. M was blissfully stationary and placid at this age and I wish I'd appreciated it more at the time. Nothing is safe (he particularly likes shoes, electric cables and eating paper) and the house is in chaos anyway as we're moving next week. He's got either 3 or 4 teeth now (haven't had a good feel as to whether the 2nd top one has actually broken through yet) so I'm hoping that the teething gripes are going to calm down now. How is your E?

    Baby girl Megan (Sept '06)

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    • lambi
    • Joined on 17 Feb 2008
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    Blimey, sounds like you have your hands full. Maybe tie him to something?! I have all this to look forward to, Elliot is still stationary (I am thankful for this!). His teeth are still giving him jip, he goes from being happy to grumpy in a second, and its waking him at night, I'm hoping they make an appearance soon. He has 2 at the bottom, and raised white gums either side of these, and the same at the top, i wouldn't be surprised if they all appear at once! He had a nasty cold a couple of weeks back and was really miserable, I hope Eli gets over his cold soon as that doesn't make it any easier for you both. Hope your move goes well and isn't too stressful. Maybe a spa day or something is needed for you once its all over!

    Baby boy February 2009 - 36+0 - 6lb 12oz - Emergency CS Baby boy

    Baby girl August 2011 - 39+2 - 8lb 13oz - VBAC Baby girl

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    • Katy80
    • Joined on 21 Jan 2006
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    Noggin:
    I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

    Sorry to crash but this line has just made me absolutely Bawl. Started maternity leave yesterday and think I am a tad emotional!

    Love the sentiment.

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    Katy80:

    Noggin:
    I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

    Sorry to crash but this line has just made me absolutely Bawl. Started maternity leave yesterday and think I am a tad emotional!

    Love the sentiment.

     

    Me too Weep

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