I think the month of May is one of the craziest months of the year for parents…possibly tied with December. In the last 14 days my husband and I have managed to juggle a multitude of kiddo events that have come at us like a tsunami. These aren’t just any events, but important moments for our kids where a parent’s love and presence is important (plays, track meets, soccer games, field trips, auditions, orientations, awards banquets, and more).
Many times these events happen simultaneously, so Peter and I have to divide and conquer. It’s a joy to experience all of these moments, but it can be maddening on the nerves as I have waves of intense mom guilt when I have to choose one event when two (sometimes three) are happening at once. I usually try to make it up with a home cooked meal or one-on-one time at night. The kids are good sports about it all.
This is pretty much my daily mantra.
There is no “express lane” in the line of parenting. An abundance of love, strength, sacrifice, and humility is needed when you become a mom or dad. Every day you roll up your sleeves and do your best. Sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world, and sometimes you wonder if you’ll make it to three o’clock. I find myself filled with gratitude knowing that I get to experience so much adventure with having a big family. And sometimes I collapse from the wild ride that day (sorry kids, I’m still in yesterday’s sweats and pizza is for dinner). I try to always soak up the good while balancing those “not so perfect” moments that can leave you feeling completely baffled or fatigued. Coffee and prayer have become my survival tools of life. And a saint of a husband.
Today I applaud all parents who are making the most of their experience, loving their kids, and juggling responsibility and adventure with the best of them. You are giving the most precious gift of all…yourself.