Honestly, moms, it is so hard to get away but so valuable to your mental health and gives you time to reflect on all the many blessings you have in the everydayness of your family.
There is a part of me that thinks: pick your battles and don't worry about it, they won't hate common foods forever. But then I glance over at my husband and my resolve is cemented once again. He was even more stubborn than I was and he remembers his parents only standing their ground on a few things (one of which was grilled chicken and he still eats it today). On the other foods however (the list is too long to cover), they just let him not eat those things and to this day he has not gained a taste for them. Now he is the drill sergeant for burger boot camp and other foods, hopefully we will not continue the great tradition of family pickiness.
If only I could go back and talk to the younger, much more stressed out me. I would remind that Pinterest-informed mamma of what she preached but fell short of practicing: those are all things that really don't matter. If anything, they’re more counterproductive than helpful: trying to have everything perfect stresses you out, and (even worse) can be a stumbling block for other moms, fueling feelings of inadequacy and intimidation.
"Moooooom, can we make a garden?" I am attempting to be less of a stress case mom, so my new answer is yes! Then I let them take ownership. This is always a cringe-worthy event. https://youtu.be/CbDCjHzd8AY
We cruise through Instagram and Facebook seeing all these adorable kids in their crisp new clothes holding a beautiful back-to-school sign that their mom stayed up until midnight hand-chalking. In part we do it for friends and family, to be sure. But part of the thought is that maybe they will want to see this someday, or someday I am not going to remember to tell them all about it. I guess it is a sort of photo-journaling the history of the child’s upbringing. But what was really behind the scenes of the picture?
You may have noticed after the 30 Day Static wardrobe experiment I took the summer off. Not only did I take the summer off blogging, but also from my businesses, my diet, my exercise and my communication with anyone outside my family or my lake friends. You could say I basically checked out of life. [...]