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I was totally ready to grab some chocolate and a good book and go stick my head in the sand somewhere.
And then I heard the kids laughing.
Afraid that there was some other disaster in the making, I hurried to the laundry room, where they had laid old towels down on the few remaining drops of water, stood on them, and were skating around the small space, drying everything up and having a ball.
I realized that what was a huge interruption to my "well-planned" day was an opportunity to have fun for my kids. Sure, they knew that they carpet was going to smell the next day, and they knew they would see less of Daddy that night since he had to fix the problem instead of hang out with them, but they are still wearing their rose colored glasses. They still see the good in so many things. Even in clean-up.
I've been thinking about that this week, and while most of us probably know this, I think my mid-week stress just needs a healthy dose of rose-colored perspective.
That mountain of laundry that must be washed, dried and folded? We are well dressed.
The dishes that never seem to end? We have plenty to eat, several times each day.
The kids that are noisily leaving K'Nex all over the house? Our kids are happy, healthy, and creative. They envision what I cannot and do not let the small stuff stop them.
So sometimes when the flood waters rise or the crumbs threaten to take over, we need not shout about who made yet another sandwich, but to praise the one with the initiative and the knowledge to make it - and then gently show them how to clean up the mess.
Personally, I think all of this is easier when a few hugs are thrown into the mix, and usually we all feel most stressed when we haven't taken the time for that. So, know that the crumbs will probably be there later and snuggle into the couch for story time. Take some time to remind yourself why you're on this parenting journey, anyway - and don't forget to don your rosy glasses.
What's stressing you today, and how can you see it in a rosy light?
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