My Kids Help Me Grow and Learn

thankful for my children from the laine listLately I have been so stressed out. About a lot of things. My children seem to want to compound this stress.

Genevieve will not stop getting into stuff. Her new trick is putting things in the toilet. Washcloths, hand towels, cups.

Ben spends his days at school, apparently smiling always, complaining never. He hits my door running, complaining, nagging.

The two of them hug and love on each other, run around, scream, beat on each other, argue.

It’s exhausting.

I view this part of my life – their behavior – as bullshit. It’s hard for me to get through these perfectly normal situations with my children. I feel like I’m constantly at my peak tolerance level. I just simply cannot take anymore.

These feelings add to my stress, and it stresses my kids out.

They are the cutest little buggers. They are smart, sweet, and funny as hell. It’s so hard to remember when we are in the thick of it.

The last couple of days I have been so exhausted that my normal routine of wrap up work-prep snack-prep dinner-pick up the house after the boy gets home has been put on the back burner. After work wrap up and prepping a snack we have sat and watched movies. And played games. And snuggled. Last night we went out for dinner and colored, laughed, and actually had a relaxing time.

Are we at the point where we can go out to dinner WITH KIDS and actually enjoy our time out?!

It’s so easy to be overwhelmed with life and forget that at least sometimes, children can bring us joy. It’s hard to remember when you are knee deep in all the bullshit that kids bring, that sometimes you need to just surrender to it. See it for what it is. Kids exploring, learning, growing.

Doing this was actually relaxing for me. It was my own growing experience. I’m learning to let go and surrender to the moment. I love those little buggers. Bullshit and all.

About Laine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
Working from her home office in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Elaine, a wine lover, also enjoys the beauty of living in wine country!

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  1. says

    My own sanity comes when I remember how tiny my kids really are still. They are only eight and five. They know a lot, for kids. But their whole view of the world still comes mostly from me. I have to remember that they see everything as a beautiful disaster, an adventure, a free-for-all, a wild ride. They are loud and crazy and they bounce all the time. Getting on their level and trying to see life through their eyes makes me a more hang loose, fun mom. I remember the first time we went to dinner without them climbing the walls. It was enjoyable, and it really was a turning point. Each age is full of so much wonder (and challenges). It’s fun when it gets to be fun again. Which is right where you seem to be. Yay!
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    • Laine says

      It’s so hard to remember how little they really are, especially when they can talk to you like an adult! We have our good days and our bad days, for sure, but hopefully we are starting to be on the flip side.

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