It is 6.50 a.m., and our home is bustling with all the trappings of a typical school day morning. Both baths are occupied.
I am all over the house, trying to do many things at once.
I knock sharply on the door of one bath.
“What?” screams my son, over the sound of the shower water.
“7.20 a.m.”, I holler.
“Okay, okay”, says he!
I move to the next bathroom. I knock again.
“7.30 a.m.”, I announce.
My daughter says, “Ohh.. will be out in a minute.”
Strangely, my son seems to have heard the ‘time’ that I called out to my daughter.
And he shouts, “How could the time be 7.20 am for me and 7.30 am for akka (sister)?”
He calls out loudly to his sister that it’s not 7.30 a.m. yet and that I was lying!
I smile and move on.
Welcome to the world of a unique standard of time that Moms around the world follow – Mom Standard Time (MST).
MST is not time-based at all. It is based on a set of privileged rules that moms around the world have designed to get the best out of their children, to push them to give their best, and to generally show up where they are supposed to!
MST can help squeeze a mammoth school project into one evening! Mom Standard Time can also transform the boring hours when one is down with a cold or fever into something magical; a time when siblings are at school, and mom makes special soup and hugs you and shows you how much she cares!
Image courtesy – Geostat
MST has the prerogative to call you, whenever, wherever and impose time deadlines. The same MST allows you to sleep-in, and gets you that much needed shut eye on the weekend.
Mom Standard Time is based on love and the laws of parenting. It adheres to only one standard that every mom wants for her children – that they use their time wisely and become good humans!