As a mother, some days life is tough. Whether you are potty training, in the chauffeur stage of life, or dealing with less than cooperative teens who are home from school for a long vacation, life is challenging but it is still good. Motherhood is a high calling and I wouldn't trade a minute of it for being childless. I believe life has deeper meaning because of becoming a mother. I know that I love my kids more than I ever imagined I could love. And even when a teen is talking back. Even when a toddler is rearranging your pantry for the umpteenth time that week, falls and hits their head, wakes you up 3 times each night for a week, and stains all of their clothes, life is good. The days may be long, but the years are short. I have been there and still am.
So, when you are in one of the tougher times, take a deep breath. Stop the bleeding first, but relax for a moment. These times will pass. Think about the precious newborn that they were, the inquisitive toddler who just wanted to be pushed one more time again and again on the swing, and the laughter of those great days. Remember to enjoy the journey. Even the tough times will be a part of the big picture in the end.
Here are a few things that can help you relax and make you smile before you have to go back to the familiar grind of dealing with their needs on those tough days. Enjoy! Maybe a chuckle can help you put things back into perspective.
Here is one when they get a bit older. As they get older, problems get more complicated- both the ones they have and the ones they cause. Sometimes, we can step back and enjoy. Instead of doing chores, they make a new mess and even break things. Can we laugh about it? Or even grab the cell phone and make a video?
We found a killer sale on cereal. We bought a ton for us (5 kids - 3 teens) and for the food bank. I walked into the kitchen late at night to discover that my teen son (who has since grown up and moved out) was not cleaning up after all. I love the end of this movie that was not intentional. It won't make you laugh, but it illustrates my point, that sometimes we have to enjoy those chaotic moments and smile about life.