I am the mom to two sets of twins. Some days seem like I am in the middle of a debris filled tornado that touches down briefly only to pick up more debris and scatter it about. The “to do” list is never ending and I find myself yearning for a breath of air. Then there are days where I feel like a total rockstar. I find joy in checking off my many lists, the kids are playing quietly together and everything is going exactly as planned. I know I am not the only Mom out there that feels this way. I know that I could make things a lot easier by conforming to the “norm”. But, I am not ready to do that just yet. I do, however, have a new approach to things.
The truth is that I am a total perfectionist. I never realized that about myself. But, fortunately I have a very wise sister who is honest with me and offers great feedback. When I set my mind to do something, I commit on all levels. That is a good quality but it also has its downsides.
One of my main struggles is how do I plan, source and prepare all of the food for my family; and do the laundry, clean the house and engage with my kids. I am doing it now. My husband helps where he can, but he has work responsibilities that leave most of it on me. Some things I cannot give up including feeding my body with daily structured movement and my mind with education for my work. The trick is fitting it in without sacrificing time with the kids.
I feel like parenting is a learning process. There is tons of valuable information that can be found on discipline strategies to sleep training. I have read a lot of it and some of it really works, and then…life changes and new strategies are needed. There is the learning process! Learn, apply, adapt, then shift and start all over again. So far, my rock is sticking to my fundamentals. Nourish, hydrate and move every day. I would love to hear your feedback. What’s your story?