Slow Down Mummy | Living Arrows

Slow Down Mummy | Living Arrows
I was in my usual manic, must get everything done before I can do A, B and C, when I looked across the room and looked at my son sitting quietly watching the TV. We don’t have it on very much in the day as I know how tempting it is to use it as a baby sitter, while I get on with my to do list, but today the weather was rotten and I had an even bigger list than usual so I popped it on for 10 minutes. 
And then it struck me. Was the house really going to collapse if I didn’t empty the dishwasher? Did I really need to answer that email right now? Would anyone notice if I picked up all the play fruit scattered over the floor and arranged the play kitchen into an orderly fashion?
But would my son look back on the days we spent playing with dried rice in a tray on the kitchen floor? Would he relish in the moments sat reading a book together? and would I look back on these early years and remember the messy house, or would I smile at the times my boy and I chased each other round and played Peeka Boo till he was ready to curl up on my lap and nap?
Yes. Those were the memories I wanted to make.
The chores and to-dos could wait until our house filled up with the rest of the family, where I could sneak off and do my things while my husband could make his own happy memories with our boy. These years are over in a blink of an eye and when I looked across the room at my son, I knew it was time to slow down. 
Slow down mummy poem compliments this Living Arrows photo perfectly slow down mummy, there is no need to rush,
slow down mummy, what is all the fuss?
slow down mummy, make yourself a cup of tea.
slow down mummy, come spend some time with me.
slow down mummy, let’s pull boots on for a walk,
let’s kick at piles of leaves, and smile and laugh and talk.
slow down mummy, you look ever so tired,
come sit and snuggle under the duvet, and rest with me a while.
slow down mummy, those dirty dishes can wait,
slow down mummy, let’s have some fun – bake a cake!
slow down mummy, I know you work a lot,
but sometimes mummy, it’s nice when you just stop.
sit with us a minute,
and listen to our day,
spend a cherished moment,
because our childhood won’t stay! 
~ R. Knight 
Living Arrows


  1. 12th March 2016 / 10:20 am

    Beautiful post, and a poignant photo too. It’s so, so true and I think we all need to take time t just be with our children and forget everything else for a while x

    • Lindsey F
      13th March 2016 / 9:45 am

      So poignant in its truth, it tugs at the heart strings.

      • 14th March 2016 / 10:19 am

        Thanks Lindsey, I really struggle with the idea that my eldest is soon to be an adult and it’s writing posts like this which helps me process and remember that I should appreciate my younger children. A feeling I’m sure you’re familiar with too with mel growing up so quickly (and what a beautiful teenager she is!)

  2. 12th March 2016 / 11:20 am

    This! This this this!! You took the words right out of my mouth perfectly! 🙂

    • 12th March 2016 / 12:13 pm

      So glad there are some more people having a soppy mum moment just like me!

  3. 12th March 2016 / 11:36 am

    I think as mothers, this is something we have to constantly keep re-learning. When I had my little accident last week (I fell heavily on my right knee during the school run), I was wondering if this was a reminder for me to slow-down too. But at the moment, it just isn’t possible. So much to do! 🙂 When you’ve found the secret, do share 🙂 x

  4. Erin - Yorkshire Tots
    12th March 2016 / 7:36 pm

    You’re right! It’s so hard to find a balance isn’t it? Ah.. the mummy guilt!

  5. 13th March 2016 / 7:34 pm

    Beautiful post and so true, they grow so quickly, I am still finding it hard to accept by baby nephew is almost 6 months old x

  6. 14th March 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I love the sentiment of this post. Every single word is absolutely true. We can get caught up thinking we have to do things now and thinking things will fall apart if we leave things for a few hours. Lovely picture too xx

  7. 14th March 2016 / 9:15 pm

    It sounds like it turned into a nice time dropping the housework. So hard to do when you’ve a list as long as your arm. #livingarrows

  8. 15th March 2016 / 9:13 am

    Beautiful post with a very valid point and I feel this gorgeous picture drives it home all the more!xx #livingarrows

  9. 15th March 2016 / 11:08 am

    i often have this feeling and worry about screen time. but sometimes my little boy just wants to chill and watch a cartoon

  10. 16th March 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I certainly feel like this when things are busy – is housework really that important in the scheme of things over spending time with the ones we love – we all need to slow down from time to time

    Laura x

  11. 20th March 2016 / 10:00 pm

    What a lovely post, and a beautiful photograph to go with it. I know I’m guilty of using the TV as a babysitter too much sometimes but with a baby and toddler sometimes I don’t feel like I have many other options.

    • 20th March 2016 / 10:09 pm

      thanks sarah, its so easily done isn’t it. I’m just trying not to do it so much.

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