Stop Acting Like a Maid
by Hannah Keeley
I know how it feels. You’re the one picking up the house at night, the one left in the kitchen scrubbing the dishes or sorting the socks and folding the towels (even though EVERYONE in the house uses them). After a while, it gets exasperating. You feel, well,…
Like a maid!
We’ve all felt that at one time or another. The thing is, people will treat you how you let them treat you. Let me give you some mom truth real quick…
First, you determine how people treat you. Whether you realize it or not, how you feel about yourself is how other people will treat you. If you don’t respect your career as a mom, no one is going to respect your career as a mom. The treatment you get begins and ends with YOU! Maybe one of the reasons you feel like you’re treated like a maid is because you think of yourself as one. Get some power girl! Give your career as a mom the respect it deserves. Treat it like a profession. You’re not going to get professional treatment until you start acting like a professional.
Second, you need to enlist the troops. You don’t dirty up the whole house, so you shouldn’t have to clean up the whole house. Get your family to help out with the chores and household responsibilities. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you’re a maid. Also, if you don’t hold your children responsible for housekeeping and maintenance, how will they ever learn? You don’t want your kid to be that guy in college that doesn’t even know how to turn on a washing machine and doesn’t know the difference between the soap you use to wash dishes in the sink, and the soap you put in the dishwasher.
Third, there’s nothing wrong with service. Even if you get your family to help out, there will be the times when you are the only one finishing up the kitchen and washing all the towels and decluttering the closets. If this makes you feel like a maid then that’s because you don’t understand the beauty of service. God loves service! In fact, Jesus said, “If you love me feed my sheep.” And sometimes that means we feed the sheep, wash their dishes, clip their hair, and, yes, wipe the poop off their feet. There is nothing more beautiful in God’s eyes than love that is manifested as service. When you serve others, you are serving God HImself. And there’s nothing more powerful than that!
So, now it’s your turn. Do you ever feel like a maid? Leave a comment below and share with me what you are going to do TODAY to change that around. I love you and I’VE GOT YOUR BACK!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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