Last week a friend messaged me, saying, “I just can’t keep up with the housework. I don’t dare tell you the last time I washed windows and I’m behind on the bathrooms. How do you do it?”

I wondered if she’d made a mistake. Clearly she’d intended to message someone who has it all together – or someone with clean windows and bathrooms. Neither of those describe me. Not on a regular basis, at least.

“You’re supposed to wash the windows?” I asked. “You think I’m kidding, but I never do that, and I pay my girls to clean the bathrooms.”

I assured her that window washing happens when a kid wants to earn some extra money or is in trouble, or on the rare occasion I get a wild hair to clean them

Y’all, I don’t do it all. It’s bad enough when we beat ourselves up comparing ourselves to what other moms actually do. We’re really setting ourselves up for discouragement when we compare ourselves to what we think someone else does.

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