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.