Getting Real

Last week the kids went away on their school camps and man did I miss them!

I missed our morning routine. I missed seeing their faces after a long day at school. And I missed that general kid noise that seems to fill every corner of our home. This place just wasn't the same without them.

I was such a sad mama that I even thought I missed the horrible, very real bits - the awful grumpiness, the sibling squabbles, all the messiness that seems to take over our house when they're around.

***And then my husband shouted: "Stop smoking your socks, woman!"***

Anyway, it got me thinking that all those real moments in life - those crazy-in-your-face moments - those difficult parts - those are the parts of parenting that I really need to work on more around here. Quiet reflection definitely gives you that perspective. And yes, I know that I shouldn't take their grumpiness personally and that I will still be a fun person despite laying down the law firmly and acting like an ogre sometimes, but I really struggle with this every day. I often mess up. And then feel terrible. Thank goodness we get another chance with every new day - to try harder, to improve on how we deal with each situation. I'm so very grateful for these children of mine. They might drive me nuts at times, but they're a constant source of learning for me, a constant source of love. And I'm one lucky lady to have these precious people in my life.

Are you getting it right? What do you wish you could improve on?

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