Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to turn on your voicemail to your hectic life and just go play? Courtney can’t come to the phone right now, she’s out making memories and having mindless fun. It’s funny how all you want to do is grow older when you’re a child so you can drive, get a part-time job to you have your own money and move out. Then you come to be 35 years old only to realize that those are some of the most precious times and you wish so badly life was still that simple. I love my crazy life but I wish so badly there were mental health days where you can check out of work at the last minute and take your child out of school for the day; Sorry, my child is missing school today because we need to go make some more memories.
Life is nuts and especially for our children. We, as parents have to work harder than ever to get our kids to put the technology down and go be a kid. We all know that we never really had that issue growing up because it wasn’t everywhere you look. Now we go out to a restaurant and there’s a touch screen game pad for kids to play with. Thanks for making my child not want to connect with us while we eat dinner as a family. But hey, at least the neighboring tables can enjoy their dinner without our child being disruptive (eye roll). Don’t get me wrong we have electronics for our little one and have a lot of opportunity when it comes to unplugging, but my point is that it’s almost inescapable.
It’s hard enough being a parent these days with all the “do this, don’t do that” and then on top of that any criticism from people on social media. Everyone is a critic but we as parents have to do our best to do just that…our best. The only tools we are given to be successful parents is our gut and intuition. So here’s to all those parents out there doing their best to make memories with their children while still “adulting.” Continue to put your best efforts forward. Sit down and help your kids with their homework, be silly, tap into your youthful days and don’t be afraid to look stupid in front of others because most likely you’ll be running or jumping around (lol). Just remember, your children’s favorite memories will not consist of things like, “my mom was really great at her job” but more with “my mom always knew how to make me laugh.” At least that’s what we as parents hope for. And absolutely remember that even if you don’t do those Pinterest activities you save to do with your child, it’s okay (lol)!
Please know that when I’m writing a blog post I’m talking to myself too. My posts are reminders for all of us. There is no perfect parent and it’s hard not to compare ourselves to other parents but just know that you’re not alone with your worries or stresses as a parent. One parent might be fantastic at crafts or baking while another parent is really great at free play or maybe quiet activities like reading. Just like no two kids are the same, nor are two parents.
On a side note, I get to see my mom about once a year because we both work full-time and I wanted to share some of our memories from our trip this week. We got to hit up Disney, visit Uncle Donald’s Farm (not my uncle just the name of the place) and relax at the pool all week. The hubby and I got to celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary too with a lovely evening out while my mom spent quality time with our daughter, Harper. Oh! Did I mention we decided to take the long way traveling back home to Ohio so we could dip our toes in the sand? We spent about an hour at the beach and it was all worth it to see how excited our little Harper was to be there.
Keep on, keeping on parents!
Your Faithful Dreamer,