I'm reading Sally Clarkson's The Mom Walk, and this excerpt was encouraging.
Life with teens can be so very busy... but then so can life with "littles!"
This is a good reminder not to spread ourselves too thin.
"As a mom, what we really need is long range vision! While the decision to draw your circle of direct influence a little smaller than many around you choose to draw theirs might appear to minimize who you are, the truth lies elsewhere. Think about a drop of food coloring splashed into a cup of water. The more water, the more diluted the color. And so it is with each one of us. When we spread ourselves thin, leaving no time for snuggles and back rubs, Bible study and reading deeply, family vacations and Saturday afternoons at the park, our influence becomes diluted. So may I suggest something Mama? Feel free to say lots of 'yes'-es to your littles (or bigs!) and lots of 'no'-s to others. Limit yourself in this season of mothering and watch your influence grow where it is most important." ~Sally Clarkson