I wear many hats every day. But my most rewarding and challenging is being a Mommy. My son is going to be three in May. He’s getting so big!
I want to enjoy my time with him at this age as much as possible. Now, don’t get me wrong there are times when I just want to shut myself in a room and hide from the tantrums, snotty noses, and general chaos that comes from having a toddler. Glennon Melton over at the Huffington Post describes parenting perfectly:
I think parenting young children (and old ones, I’ve heard) is a little like climbing Mount Everest. Brave, adventurous souls try it because they’ve heard there’s magic in the climb. They try because they believe that finishing, or even attempting the climb are impressive accomplishments. They try because during the climb, if they allow themselves to pause and lift their eyes and minds from the pain and drudgery, the views are breathtaking. They try because even though it hurts and it’s hard, there are moments that make it worth the hard. These moments are so intense and unique that many people who reach the top start planning, almost immediately, to climb again. Even though any climber will tell you that most of the climb is treacherous, exhausting, killer. That they literally cried most of the way up.
NOTE: Â If you haven’t read her full article, “Don’t Carpe Diem” and your a parent of young children. Stop and take a moment to read it. You’ll be glad you did. I was!
With all that being said, I still want my son to grow up to be a well-rounded individual so I’m setting goals so that I can make sure that I’m helping him with the basic skills he’ll need when he goes off to kindergarten in a few years – alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Here a few of my Mommy goals:
Create (8) “Busy Boxes” for my son by the end of February to help keep him busy this winter and keep me sane when I need to get work done. Each one will focus on a different basic skill. I’ve been exploring Pinterest daily and have found some great ideas for Busy Boxes. It’s where I was reminded of the idea. Over at Play At Home Mom I found this great post about various different busy boxes you can create.
Go on at least one out-of-the house adventure each week – zoo, library story-time, pool, etc. (A trip to Target or the grocery store doesn’t count!)
Do you have Mommy goals?