Saturday, September 17, 2011

When All Else Fails, PLAY!

Every mom has those days where no matter how hard you try, everybody is going to be grumpy and nothing is going to go well.  In my case, those are usually the days when I am trying to complete a list of things to do and it seems like my kids are doing everything in their power to make that NOT happen.  So frustrating!

One day, while venting to my mom about my frustration, she stopped me in my tracks with two words, "well, PLAY!"  And boy was she right!

Usually when our kids are the most rambunctious, needy, or whiny they are feeling somewhat neglected.  In these moments, there is not amount of discipline, hiding, or bribing that can cure your problem.  The only solution is to stop what you are doing and play! 

As moms, we have to balance a lot.  We have the kids, the house, cooking, a husband, friends, the family schedule, and any other project we may have taken on.  While we have a running list of things to do in our head, our kids just want one thing, our attention.  They want to see their mom laugh, be silly, and be interested in their crazy world of imagination. 

While its hard for us remember, when it comes down to it, spending quality time with our children is the most important thing on our list of things to do.  Our toilets aren't going anywhere and eating cereal for dinner won't hurt anybody but you will never get this moment back with your kiddos. 

So, next time you are overcome with frustration because your kids are keeping you from your list of things to do, remember...

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