Dec 022012

Does time ever play tricks on you?  It’s funny because sometimes things that happened yesterday feel like they happened weeks ago, sometimes minutes ago, and sometimes like, well, they happened yesterday.  Things tend to blur and blend in my world and sometimes I don’t really feel like I have an awesome handle on what’s happening.  But the flow and flux can be oddly peaceful.  I love that when you can just let yourself go with things, time has a way of winding everything up and leaving it exactly as it should be.

Source: Microsoft Office ClipArt
Always throwing seeds down for
whatever is coming next

While often I want to slow things down, speed things up, or just press pause, I do believe that every minute of our days is designed for a purpose.  We often don’t know or understand what it is.  So often I can whole-heartedly wish myself out of an entire phase of parenting–let’s be honest, I could happily extract this whole hellacious potty-training venture from our lives completely.  Anyone?  Anyone? But I am learning that everything is for a season.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1

So lest you are that mom with the crying newborn who won’t sleep through the night, the soccer mom racing like mad from one practice to the next ballet lesson, or the mom struggling with some insanely bratty teenage behavior that you have no idea how to handle, I am believing that it is just for a season.  This too shall pass, right?  My personal mantra is currently, “She will not throw food on the floor for forever”.  Time sours when I pinch it too hard.  I need to just let go a little and go with it a lot more.  Disgusting food-covered floors and all.

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Meredith blogs at The Mom of the Year, dedicatedly earning her title one epic parenting fail at a time. When her kids aren't busy pummeling each other with Legos or requiring their 16th sippy cup refill of the day, she tries to offer quick, relatable laughs for fellow parents of the world and all their empathizers. She remains entirely terrified by crafts, promises to never share any useful household tips, and is fully committed to a less serious look at the world of parenting.

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  25 Responses to “The Timing of Things”


    So true Meredith about wishing whole chunks of our kids lives away and did this already with so much (especially the night sleeping through the night). I think we need to remember old saying that they are really only this little for so long. Although when they are being absolute monsters later, please do remind me this, lol!!


    love this.


    I know I am guilty of doing this way too often – wishing away time. They really are only young once, and I need to start embracing that! Thanks for the reminder. :)


    My daughter just started sleeping through the night at 17 months. The lesson I learned was how to be grateful for sleep! It feels better than a million dollars, just like my daughter :)


    I whole-heartedly wish I could just skip potty-training. Even though it would mean skipping other things that are not skip worthy. If it meant I didn’t have to deal with the whole thing, I would do it.


    I love that one. Perfect reminder for me today. This too shall pass is one of my favorite mantras too…xo


    It’s true…. sometimes I get into a funk where I’m counting down the minutes until bedtime for a few evenings in a row or more (I admit it!!) and it stinks. I hate feeling like that. If it’s just a regular tiring day and I’m not sick or something, sometimes it feels so good to get down on the floor and engage with the kids more than I want to at that point in a long day. I’m always so glad I did, because at least for that moment I feel like I gave everything and didn’t wish another day away. Plus, the added bonus is that everyone knows time flies when you’re having fun, so suddenly- Boom! it’s bedtime. See ya, suckers.


      I’m snorting over your “See ya, suckers”, Robin! Ha! Perfectly how I feel, though you’re right–if you can give it that one last push at the end of the day, it feels great.


    Exactly. We too often find ourselves wishing our (and our children’s) lives away. Sometimes it’s nice to just stop and enjoy the moment because if you blink, it’s gone. Thanks for the reminder!


    I SO needed to read this right now… feels like I’m drowning in things I need to do and in the stage of baby attached to me 24/7, but it will pass and then I’ll probably miss it ;-(


    Amen!!!! I never knew what the phrase “the days are long, but the years are short” meant until I had kids. I try to savor every moment that my daughter, The Leech, clings to me as she will spontaneously combust if her feet ever touch the floor.


      Ha! I know exactly what you mean, Stephanie. Apparently the floor is some sort of evil creature out to attack our babies? 😉


    I find that SLOWING DOWN helps so much through-out the day. The only times I get really mad at the kids is when I’m rushing. I don’t take time to teach them things along the way and I get mad when they mess stuff up. I try to remind myself… Slow down. Slow down. Slow down.

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      You’re so right, Lindsey. When I get mad at them, it’s usually because I’m rushing and trying to do too much. Slowing down is so smart.


    Sure my kids will probably eventually stop constantly spilling their food all over the floor but what about me?


      This may be a lost cause for me too. I’m considering some of those adult-sized bibs? Will let you know how they pan out.


    There are times when the day to day tasks of parenting seem endless and repetitive. Then I’ll think about what my life will be like a couple of decades from now, and I want everything to slow down so I can hold onto my kids as they are right now.

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