So, Why Did I Do This Again? 9


Video is a great way to capture those special times. It can be helpful in those stressful times.

Have you ever had one of those days when you needed a reminder of why you had kids?  It sounds bad to say it, but it happens.  Parenting is hard, tiring, unforgiving and often unappreciated work.  If anyone tells you different ask them what they are selling!  I was reminded of this yesterday while reading Allison’s blog, “O My Family”.  She recently put up a post about grieving motherhood as she thought it would be.  It is really quite insightful so go check it out.  From the comments she has received, this is apparently quite common.

So, back to the original question; if you have, you are obviously not alone.  I have been there as has my wife.  The trick is to keep those needed reminders in front of you.  It also helps to understand that kids go through phases; lots of phases.  If they are being difficult right now don’t let it cloud the future as well, in a few months things will change.  Remembering the fun or easy phases can help you make it through the harder ones.  It can also help you find the joy within the harder ones as well.  Believe it or not, all phases have some good in them.  We just have to look harder for it some than others.

Okay, back to the point of this post.  Allison’s blog gave me several ideas.  I hope to have the time to process them and bring them to you soon. Until I can, I thought this would be a perfect time to share one of our reminders.  After all, everyone needs to laugh now and then.  It does you good!  Kids, as it so happens, are experts in this subject.

Aren’t they great?  There really isn’t anything amazing here, but it reminds my wife and I that our kids to actually enjoy each other, they don’t always whine, and there is usually more than enough silliness to go around.  Anyway, I am hoping to get my other ideas worked out soon.  Remember to subscribe to my RSS feed so you don’t miss anything.  In the mean time, if you wouldn’t mind sharing, I would love to hear about some of your reminders. Who knows, writing them down may even put a smile on your face.

This post has been shared @ Just for the Joy of it, Finer Things Friday.


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I am an electrical engineer enjoying the quiet life in Iowa. My life on-line is routinely interrupted by my family and I like it that way!


9 thoughts on “So, Why Did I Do This Again?

    • PhilD41 Post author

      We struggle with Whining in this house as well. I am not exactly sure why all kids seem to have that phase, but they do. It can make for some rough days.

  • JessieLeigh

    There's a country song called "It Won't Be Like This For Long" that basically addresses this whole issue and I find myself humming it to myself on certain days… like when it's pouring outside and no one can figure out how to stay busy… or the baby's teething and hasn't slept well for nights on end… or a child decides to go through a "won't eat anything green (or orange or purple…" phase. "It won't be this way for long… this phase is gonna fly by

    • PhilD41 Post author

      LOL, Sounds like I should listen to more country music. Now that you bring it up, I expect someone could write some pretty good country music form the perspective of parenting. Then again, maybe they already have. 🙂

  • tracyann

    Well I am a mother too and I know how hard to be a parent. It always reminds me my son who always do creepy things that makes me nervous. But as you can see, the price of being a parent is worthless than anything else in the world. Thanks for sharing the wonderful video you have here in your blog.
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