There were days when my kids were still at home that I would find myself ready to bolt as soon as my husband got home from work. We all dream of being the perfect mom when we first hold our babies in our arms but those feelings of confidence can quickly disappear the first time we get stressed because we can’t stop the crying or when we realize that a good nights sleep is something we may never experience again.
I don’t go to a gym to exercise. It isn’t something I enjoy doing but I suppose most people don’t really like to exercise either. Who wants to get all sweaty, sore and take precious time out of their day to make it to the gym? Not me but I’m not really concerned about it because there is another activity that I do sometimes two or three times a week that helps me to get the exercise I need. Going to the grocery store, friends. It is a workout in itself.
I know this is not a cellphone. It looks complicated, doesn’t it? If you are under the age of 20, you probably have no idea what this is and what it is used for. Now that I really look at it, if I were viewing at it for the first time too I might think it resembled some sort of torture device. This is a 35 mm camera which used to be the only way you could get a professional looking picture. Your cellphone contains a digital camera that is just as good as this archaic piece of metal and let you take great pictures. Thanks heavens because these old things were super heavy and bulky to carry around every where.
Nine months ago I was planning a trip out west to help my son and his wife with their little ones while they went to the hospital to have their 3rd baby. Was I beyond excited? Yes! Was I ready to go? Not really. There was so much I would need to do to be ready to take care of their two older children ages 4 and 1 1/2 so I knew I needed to be prepared. I knew that from minute to minute my attention would be pulled from one thing to another so I needed something that would help me to hold their attention and corral them when I needed to. How was I going to do it? With a playlist.
What do your grand kids know about you? I have been thinking about this lately because my two older grandsons that are 4 and 3 years old are getting big enough for me to start having some great conversations with them and I am excited about it. I want to tell them about some of the things I think they should know about me – like what is important to me and what I have learned during my life that I think might help them.
When I was a young mom with 4 kids under the age of 9, my mother used to tell me on a regular basis that if I was feeling overwhelmed or stressed that I should take a break from mothering. Of all the advice she gave me over the years, this piece I didn’t appreciate and I frankly didn’t agree with. Honestly. She knew how much I had longed to be a mother my whole life. Motherhood was the most important thing to me but if I was making a habit of taking a break every time I felt like I needed one, how good of a mother was I going to be?
If you are a parent you know that you have certain responsibilities that you have to do every day to care of your kids. For example, you have to make sure that your kids get the proper nutrition to grow physically and mentally so you feed them 3 times a day. You also have to clothe them, bathe them, keep them safe, provide a home for them and much much more. Along with all of these important jobs you have there is one other task you must do that is as vital to your child’s physical and mental development as food is but we don’t necessarily think it is something we should need to do every day. Reading, my friends. Are you reading with your kids? I don’t mean telling them to read, I mean actually sitting down with them and reading a book.