Sometimes I don’t write because I don’t have it all together. You would think that a mom of 11 should. I don’t. I am right with you trying to potty train. Trying to get our almost 4yo out of our bed and at the same time loving it. Trying to figure out teenagers when there is no way to figure out teenagers. Trying to parent.
I feel like I should be giving some kind of advice. How to keep your house clean 101. A big nope to that. How to have your teen not hate you from time to time. Ha! How to discipline but not have your children disconnect from you. Sigh. How to parent.
Honestly, it is trial and error. To make it even harder it is different for each child! (On different days!!!)
Parenting is not easy. It isn’t easy staying up all night with a fussy baby. It isn’t easy with a toddler running to you with a steak knife (been there..maybe more than once). It isn’t easy deciding when to give independence. It isn’t easy letting go. It isn’t easy but in the hard it is beautiful.
My simple/hard advice is Stay Connected.
Through it all. Stay Connected.
The late nights, the screaming, the disrespect, the crying (me), the endless dream telling of littles, the laughing and the frustration.
Stay Connected because they will connect to someone else and that may not be a good thing.
Through everything we are their parents. They need us and want us whether they or we know it or not. They do.
It is the best place to be.