Do you ever wake up and just not want to parent? That is me right now. I want the day off from my sweet, wonderful, needy children. I did not sleep much at all last night and I am so tired, grumpy, and just really struggling to mom well today, let alone at all.
So like the great mom that I am today, I put my youngest down for her nap, gave my older kids the iPads so they could play some games, and told them to leave me alone while I slept on the couch. Perfect plan, right? (I would like to say I said it nicely, but then I would be lying to you.)
Totally perfect plan. Except Sawyer (the youngest) knew that I needed a little nap today, so she refused to take one herself. I tried to ignore her as she fussed in her crib but it got harder and harder. So now I need to decide if I am going to continue to make my children’s day miserable by choosing to stay grumpy, or find a way to adjust my attitude. I finally decided I needed to get up and face this darn day. So here it goes. I am going to shut the iPads off, put some music on, and have a dance party with my kids to hopefully adjust my attitude and start momming again. I’ll let you know at the end of the day how it works out for me…
….Okay, eight hours later and I am back. Everyone has been put to bed, and I can officially relax.
Turns out, a mini dance party with the girls was exactly what each of us needed.
While there are a lot of things that are outside of our control, there are so many things we do have control over. And to be honest, I just wanted to choose the easy, lazy route of accepting my tired and grumpy attitude and outlook for the day. I didn’t want to put any effort into changing it. But as soon as I made the decision to try to be happier, to engage myself in something like a dance party with the girls… it turned out to be a lot easier than I expected to turn our day around. And the shock and joy on my girls’ faces when I blasted music and got my groove on, that alone made it totally worth it <3
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.