Everything in moderation, even moderation. This is a constant and welcome theme in my life. It helps me to accept imperfection and imbalance while also celebrating moments of amazing accomplishment. For example, some weeks I fit in exercise like I was paid to do it, but we end up supporting the local taqueria, more often than not, because who has time to cook? Other weeks, I have my menus and shopping lists planned out and we eat healthy home-cooked meals daily, but my exercise regime falls by the wayside and the laundry piles, both dirty and clean, resemble a mini version of the Himalayas. Then, every once in a blue moon, which can literally mean about once every two years, I have a fabulous streak where exercise, cooking, cleaning, work, quality kid and husband time, and a new blog post coincide and I rejoice in being a super mom who does it all…briefly, moderately.
|Why, yes, those are dark storm clouds.|
So on the parenting-four-kids front, everything in moderation takes on a lot of meanings. In terms of discipline, some days are just full of no’s and worries on my part: No, you can’t go outside barefoot, it’s too cold. Please don’t climb on the table, then the baby thinks she can do that. You may not have a cookie before dinner, it’ll ruin your appetite. Do not draw on anything but paper! Ever!
|Cupcake in one hand, clump of wet sand in the other.|
In a world full of limits, I welcome the simple lessons my kids teach me about letting go. I relish those fun, relaxed, in-the-moment moments when multi-tasking isn’t given a second thought. I indulge in the power of YES. On a recent rainy day, my kids asked the following: Mama, can I play outside in the rain? Mama, can we go to the park? Mama, can I wear my footie Pjs to the park? Mama, can I have a cupcake? I let go and said, “Yes, yes, yes, and YES!” and there we were, in the park, in the rain, in our Pjs, eating cupcakes, and building sand castles in the wet sand.
|My mama let me wear my footies to the park!|
Sometimes you have to live a little. Sometimes you have to live a lot. Sometimes, you just have to live and throw caution to the wind…and rain.