We have a tendency to focus on what didn’t get done during the day or our less than skillful parenting moments.
Having a newborn has asked me to celebrate the smallest of parenting victories as I navigate my day. I celebrate keeping the kitchen cleaned up all day or staying one step ahead of the kids and their crazy messes. (And not necessarily on the same day.) I celebrate laughing more than I cried. The day I took them grocery shopping for the first time I celebrated all day long and told myself I was exempt from any other task. Celebrating the everyday little victories makes me feel like supermom and when when I feel good I get more done, I am happier and most importantly, I am a better mom.
This was the first day I was all by myself with the kids after Ninu was born. My parents had gone home and Stone had to work. I got everyone dressed, packed a bag and walked over to Gretel’s house. Heck, I even took a picture. I felt really good in this moment–like I could do it because I was doing it.
So for a moment, let’s drop the big dreams and goals and pat ourselves on the back for the little things. In my book, getting to the end of the day with everyone alive and some piece of sanity is well worth a celebration. (And if you didn’t make it with your sanity that’s okay too–we all have meltdowns once in awhile.)
Sing it loud mamas–let’s celebrate your everyday victories. I want to hear them!