Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: According to a study out of the University of Michigan, in their list of pleasurable activities, moms rank childcare lower than eating, exercising or watching TV. Taking care of small children rates only slightly higher than housework, working or commuting.
I'm not sure if I'm comforted by this study because it helps me feel less guilty about my thoughts, or frightened for our kids. For those of us out there who would rather clean a toilet than try to get little Jimmy to eat a broccoli stalk, they offer suggestions for carving out happiness in your day. You can check them out or you can take my suggestions:
1. Try to engage in activities with your child that you can do while sleeping. Movies are good, and TV episodes of 22 minutes or longer.
2. Take the suggestion from '80s ad men and let Calgon take you away. Get some bubbles, lock the door and pretend you're Gypsy Rose Lee.
3. Flirt, not with dads at your kids' school -- too tacky -- but with random strangers. You still got it baby.
4. Eat with a knife and fork. No joke. Treat yourself like a lady and your family will too. It's too easy to scavenge around like an alley cat eating leftovers off of other people's plates.
5. Buy a lot of fancy teas. It's a mani-pedi in a cup. They're one of the cheaper indulgences and if you put enough sweetener -- fake or otherwise -- and cream in, it's practically a trip to England.
6. Listen to AM talk radio in the car and be grateful you are not an angry, intolerant person who really just needs a hug. Unless you are, and then go ask your kid for one.
7. Hang up Buddhist-like quotes on post-its around the house with sayings like, "Nothing means anything" or "I am not a fool."
8. End every struggle with your child abruptly by saying, "Because I'm the Mommy."