I know you are busy and life if pretty stressful for you most days. I mean, having to attend school for 6 hours a day, come home, do a little homework and maybe have a sports practice or lesson of some sort takes up a lot of your valuable time and there is little room for anything else. I know!
Make your bed? Seriously, where will you find that extra 2 minutes a day.
Pick up the laundry off your bedroom floor and put it your hamper? That 30 seconds is going to significantly set you back from the time you’ve set aside for homework and texting, Facetiming and gaming, and, most importantly, catching up on your favorite Netflix series.
I understand, I really do.
Seriously, if there is no one in the world who can understand your plight better, it is your parents!
I mean really, how can we be expected to do anymore than we already do either after working an 8 to 10 hour work day, cooking your meals, playing chauffeur, cleaning up after dinner, attending your sports games or dance rehearsals, and buying that must-have glitter glue you needed TODAY to complete your science project due TOMORROW (I know, I know honey … you were so busy with all the other stuff you had to do that you completely forgot to ask me to get it during the entire month you had to work on this assignment).
I truly empathize with you poor kids. I have no idea half the time how the heck I am going to be in three places at once, throw in a load of laundry in between proofreading your English assignment and listening to your brother tell me about the sloppy joe incident in the cafeteria today, and paying that damn credit card bill that paid for your amazing Christmas before I get fined a late fee and finance charge … Let alone finish that article deadline I have next week to pay for that bill. So how can I possibly expect you to remember to switch your laundry from the washer to the dryer sometime this week?
I’ve racked my brain searching for ways to help you, honestly I have. I can’t stand to see you so stressed. Nary do you have time to put the cap back on the toothpaste or hang up your towel from your morning shower or close the pantry door after you ravaged it looking for the microwave popcorn your were craving and absolutely NEEDED to have while you watched a marathon of “Pawn Stars” you DVRed last week.
I realize how taxing it must be on your system to bend over and pick up the gum wrapper you dropped and put it in the garbage, or load up the 10 water glasses stacked throughout your room and bring them downstairs.
I wish I had the answers, but for once I don’t.
All I have is a list of 10 things I’ve thought of that might help you at sometime in your life — like when you are living with roommates in college or you have a place of your own some day — and may, some day help alleviate all this stress you have put on yourself. Or at the very least, save these tips for when you have your own kids, teach them well, and I can promise you your personal Stressometer, will significantly decline. So here goes … hope this helps.
- If you drop it, pick it up.
- If you open it, close it.
- If you take it out, put it away.
- If you spill it, clean it up.
- If you unscrew it (say like the cap of a tube of tooth paste or something) screw it back on.
- If you take something off a hanger or hook or towel rack, etc., hang it back up.
- If you unmake something, make it again.
- If you dirty it, clean it.
- If it’s garbage, put it in the trash.
And … This one’s a big one …
10. If you begin something, finish it!
Good luck. I know these 10 tips will be difficult to understand and accomplish with all the time they take, but I am confident in your abilities to accomplish all of the above.
And just in case this letter left you feeling unloved and lacking a little confidence because I didn’t tell you how wonderful I thought you were today, let me add …
I love you. I am proud of you. You are utterly amazing.
All my love,
P.S. I truly wish I could alleviate your daily stress and again … I hope the time it took you to read this letter this didn’t cause you any more. But if by some chance it did, maybe you can use that massage coupon I gave you for Christmas to ease some of that built up tension and stress. That is to say, if you can find the time.