For me, there are times when I feel like I’m drowning under the load of household tasks, feeding, cleaning (house and children), and negotiating relationships between the six very different people in our home. I have come to realize that I can’t do everything well and I shouldn’t expect myself to. Instead, I need to prioritize the things that are important and let the other things go. If I try to do everything, I end up doing nothing well and snapping at my children.
For me, a good day is one during which I have laughed with my children. A day when we’ve spent time outside, having fun together. A day when we’ve played a game or done a craft. A day when I have snuggled with my precious baby-almost-toddler. A day that I have put a healthy dinner on the table and loaded the dishwasher. (Hey, a little cleaning is better than nothing!)
Being intentional about mothering is often hard to remember for me. I can easily slip into getting upset about the dirty socks that are somehow all over the house (but not in pairs…) or the minutes until the softball game ticking away as girls are still not in their uniforms. But the times when I have focused on what matters, on what lasts, are the times when all of us are happier.
This post was inspired by this month’s From Left to Write book club selection, Good Enough is the New Perfect. I was provided with a free copy to facilitate my participation in the book club. All opinions are my own.
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