I can clearly remember what I imagined parenting would look like long before I had children: the playing, the fixing of dinner, the balance of happy helping with homework with the work I would be doing.
I can also clearly hear the brakes screeching when I picture the disparity between that candy-apple version of life and the reality I live.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my small people – they are dynamite. But I definitely didn’t accurately depict the chaos that comes with living with, and loving two incredibly active kids. Somehow I missed that they drop their backpacks as they walk in the door, they throw their socks to opposite corners of the family room, they need to be constantly reminded to stay in their seats as they do their homework, eat their meals or well, do ANYTHING.
As you likely know, they play a plethora of sports and LOVE IT, which means we are constantly running from one activity to the next and are required to stay on track if they are going to get homework done or we are going to eat a meal as a family.
This means I need to have a way to manage the chaos – lest I lose my mind (and don’t think I haven’t had moments…)
This week, over on SheKnows Experts, I’m talking about some of my favorite tips for keeping my sanity, keeping those small people on track and managing the chaos… I’d love for you to visit me there and add your best tips.
Let me know what you think.