All day long this post has run through my head. All day. So, even though my kids are home and I don't normally write after school, I am going to send this out because maybe you need to hear it. Maybe I do, too.
My friend. It's okay. It is okay.
It is okay:
-when your dinner is unbalanced and has more mac and cheese than veggies and fruit.
-when dust piles up in the corners of those hardwood floors and linoleum.
-when you cannot hear one more story or manage one more tattle without blowing your top.
-when your temper rises and your voice does, too.
-when the laundry piles up and you don't want to do it.
-when they ask you to play and you are too darn tired.
-when your sweet babies are on the computer or video games longer than you would like them to be.
-when you buy store-bought birthday treats because it is too much to ask to bake at home.
-when your children go to bed with dirty feet and mismatched sheets and last week's jammies.
-when you are late and your kids are late and stuff just does not get done.
-when homework slips by and goes unchecked.
-when you pop in a movie for a few minutes needed peace.
-when their rooms are a mess (and yours is too) and none of you get to cleaning it up.
-when their backpacks are full of odds and ends and maybe a sandwich from last week.
-your house is a mess and your sink is full and you cannot seem to get caught up.
It's okay. It really is.
Because this is just one day or one hard week or a very hard patch and the truth is that none of this matters as much raising kids who know they are loved. You will find a way, another day, to tend to all this stuff but today, is not that day.
So maybe today, we can let some stuff slide, let ourselves off the hook and take a deep breath. This parenting stuff is a bunch of hard work and so much of what we stress about won't matter down the road.
But they will. Our children will always matter.
So take a minute and look at your kids. Ignore the mess. Clear the list. Wrap your weary arms around them and kiss their little heads. Let them see you smile.