“The only thing children wear out faster than shoes are parents and teachers.”Unknown
Hardships are part of life. Raising children is rewarding and depleting. (But, you already knew that.) Silly me, I believed in fairy tales. I grew up believing I’d live like Cinderella. Then, reality hit. My prince charming traveled a lot for his job when my boys were little. I worked full time out of the home and in my home while my husband traveled the world. Essentially, I was a single parent. It was hard.
Then, there are unexpected challenges in life. After fires and floods (literally), I truly learned to be content for the moment and find joy in the journey. You can too.
“You can not tailor your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to those situations” – Zig Ziglar
1. Seize Today- Carpe Diem
Logically, we know this. However, somehow, we still worry. Truly, live and let go. Today is the best day. Enjoy it.
2. Pause- Take a breath
I remember days that were so challenging parenting that I wanted to revert to being a toddler so that I could just go sit in the corner and suck my thumb, or climb into my mom’s lap receiving a hug that wiped all the world’s worries away. Those were days when the children never stopped bickering, and I felt like I couldn’t win as a parent. I learned that it is healthy to take a time-out. Go for a walk. Go take a shower while your new born baby cries. It is okay. Take a breath; it allows you to reboot.
I think we’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but it is true. Just last week, my son was getting his annual physical exam. While the doctor was taking my son’s blood pressure, he made my son laugh. Instantly, his blood pressure dropped; it was living proof that laughter is the best medicine. Sometimes while raising my children, I was so mad I wanted to cry; laughter broke through the doom and relaxed me.