I came up with this list of ten things I’m learning to avoid in order to feel happier as a parent. However, I would like to clarify a couple of things that came up when I shared this image on Facebook.
My children are young, four and under, and this list applies more to this age. If your children are not showing age-appropriate public behavior then you may need to consider how to best approach those lessons with them.
I think having such young ones in my home, it’s nearly impossible to keep my house tidy all the time. A kitchen sink full of dishes and fish sticks for dinner (again) is not (what I consider) a reflection on how well I love or care for my children. On the other hand, living in filth and serving junk food every day of course is another story and needs to be brought up to a higher standard of care for our children. I hope that everyone reading this takes a common sense approach to these ten statements and evaluates them according to their children’s ages and needs.
I am visiting my childhood home in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Each evening I look out the window and see the cows grazing lazily in the field. Seeing these dairy cows grazing brings to mind plenty of memories of growing up of watching sweet new calves nuzzle and feed from their mammas. In light of those memories, I was inspired me to create these two new breastfeeding memes:
There are days when I feel so far from heroic that I feel like the I’m the punchline in a joke. But some days, like today, when my daughter reached over to me and placed her sticky hands on my face, and said with perfect innocence, “Mommy, I will love you forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever…” I understand that saving the world, at least my corner of it, might be possible … one tender moment at a time.
To every reluctant hero, wear your uniform proud!
After getting dressed I looked in the full length mirror this morning, the brown stretch tank-top I had on gave me pause. Seeing my reflection I thought one thing, “crooked chachas.” Oh well, I’m so going to rock this look! With that in mind, I was inspired to make this meme. I hope it puts a smile on your face.