Mum overstimulation and juggling the invisible load


Welcome to the chaotic circus of modern motherhood, where multitasking isn't just a skill, it's a survival strategy. As mums, we're the unsung heroes, gracefully pirouetting through the delicate dance of parenting, work, and an endless array of responsibilities. While we'd love to join the circus for the sheer thrill, the reality is that the balancing act often turns into a high-stakes tightrope walk. Let's unravel the mystique of "mum overstimulation" and explore why it feels like we're doing it all – and then some.

The Parenting Performance:

Behold the mum, effortlessly balancing a baby on one hip, negotiating a toddler meltdown whilst endeavouring to cook a dinner that will no doubt end up either on the floor or directly in the bin. It's a performance that would make Houdini question his escape acts. And let's not forget the magical disappearing act when dad walks into the room – suddenly, BAM the invisible cape of responsibility is thrust directly into mums face as dad seemingly vanishes into thin air. It’s quite an amazing act really.

Work. Work. Work.

The great illusion of shared responsibilities often becomes glaringly apparent when we venture into the realm of work. While many mums are juggling deadlines and Zoom meetings, the elusive question echoes: Where are the dads? It seems that, despite the advances in gender equality, the invisible load of parenting and household responsibilities is still firmly perched on mum's shoulders.

The Invisible Load

Ah, the invisible load – that mythical burden that only mums seem to notice. From coordinating playdates to remembering school project due dates, doctors appointments, that new pair of shoes that were needed like last week, the overdue phone bill, the washing that continues to pile up higher and higher, the unpacked dishwasher, the list just goes on and on.  The invisible load is the silent conductor of the mum symphony. Dads, on the other hand, may be blissfully unaware, assuming that the mere presence of their physical efforts constitutes equality.

The Choreography of Chores

In the dance of domesticity, mums often find themselves choreographing a routine that rivals Broadway. From scrubbing dishes to folding laundry, it's a performance that never seems to receive a standing ovation. Dads, oblivious to the intricate choreography, may occasionally stumble onto the stage, expecting accolades for their sporadic contributions.

Grocery Shopping Gymnastics

Navigating the aisles of the grocery store becomes an Olympic-level sport for mums. Armed with shopping lists, budget constraints, and the ability to dodge tantrums, mums perform trolly acrobatics that would impress even the most seasoned gymnast. Meanwhile, dads may be found wandering the aisles, pondering the profound question of cereal selection, or in many cases, at home wondering what’s for dinner.

The Expectation Dilemma

In the grand illusion of equal parenting, mums are often confronted with unrealistic expectations. Dads may genuinely believe they're pulling their weight, blissfully ignorant of the mental and emotional gymnastics that accompany the daily routine. It's like expecting a lion to share its hunting prowess while conveniently ignoring the lioness's integral role in the pride's survival.

The Grant finale

As the final act of the Mum Overstimulation Extravaganza unfolds, let's dim the lights and cast a spotlight on the grand finale – the overstimulation that ensues at the end of the day. This is the moment when mums, having gracefully tiptoed through the minefield of parenting, work, and household duties, find themselves sitting amidst the wreckage of the day's activities on the verge of sensory overload, which usually results in a meltdown. It's a spectacle that combines exhaustion with the absurd, and it deserves its own moment in the spotlight.

Dads might wonder why Mum looks like she's about to explode, not realizing they're standing in the epicenter of the storm.  Enter the elusive "straw that breaks the camel's back," often deployed by dads innocently asking, "What's the big deal?" Spoiler alert: it's usually a big deal because it's the fifteenth straw, and the camel has been carrying the load solo for quite some time.

Mum meltdowns – the unsanctioned releases that serve as a vivid reminder of our incredible endurance. We find solace in the knowledge that we're not alone in this challenging journey, especially when it involves dads who sometimes feel more like additional children than partners.

The circus of mum overstimulation is a complex performance that blends comedy with stark realities. While we may find humour in the chaos, it's essential to address the underlying issues. Open communication, shared responsibilities, and a genuine understanding of the invisible load can transform the circus into a collaborative masterpiece.

So, let's tip our imaginary hats to the mums who defy gravity daily and invite dads to join the act – not as spectators, but as true partners in the grand spectacle of parenting. After all, it takes a village, but it starts with acknowledging the feats of the ringmaster, in this case, mum.

So, here's to the mums – the unsung heroes of the circus, the masters of overstimulation, and the architects of laughter in the face of chaos. The show may be chaotic, but it's a spectacular one, and every mum deserves a standing ovation.

Thanks for reading.


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Disclaimer:  this blog in no way reflects the actions of any particular individuals, it is merely a sarcastic spin on parenting for amusement purposes only.

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