Yesterday, I was sitting in my son’s room listening to hours upon hours of Little Baby Bum videos as he fought his nap. He had spent the prior hour begging to be picked up. Squirming to get down. Screaming when you let him down because he wanted to be up. Do you recognize this struggle? There was a moment or two when I literally thought I might lose my mind. I didn’t. I practice patience and gratitude. You see I have a child that isn’t a spontaneous cuddler. He usually prefers to be on the go the entire day. The fact that he now wants to be picked up all the time and held is a blessing even during the times it drives me crazy. I’ve learned this through practicing gratitude every single night. I do it in the 10 minutes before bed, and I’m blessed with a different feeling about my day.
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How do I do it?
I’m so glad you asked. I bought one of these with the intention of starting a bullet journal. Bullet journaling wasn’t in my future, but I didn’t want to waste a good notebook so I tried to think about how I could use it intentionally. And that’s when it hit me. I could write down the happy things that happened in my day. At first, it wasn’t easy especially on the hard days. The days when my son was screaming at full tilt for what felt like hours meant that I had to really focus on those good moments. The great moments really. The ones that make being a parent really and truly worth it. It also helps me go to bed feeling good about my day and not holding around all the struggle because we know #thestruggleisreal.
Each night, I get ready for bed. This means I’ve brushed my teeth and changed into my pajamas before I even get started. I crawl into the bed and pull the covers up close. I pull my notebook over to me. I write today’s date and then I list 3 things that I’m really and truly grateful for today. It can be something as simple as spending 20 minutes wading around the creek, or it could be as big as he went to potty in the big boy potty! The possibilities are endless, because it is truly whatever lights you up.
It is so simple. It’s a way to intentionally think about your day. It expresses your gratitude for the day that happened and helps you anticipate the day to come. I have yet to go to bed without a smile on my face. I feel the success of the day and nothing makes you feel more like you’ve got it together than success.
Let’s keep the conversation moving. Tell me how you deal with your parenting struggles in the comments below!
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