I'm experiencing one of those delightful, calm, inspired bouts of parenting. I'm pretty sure it's going to be followed by one of those crazy making periods where my child becomes someone I don't know and I have to readjust my parenting again.
But meanwhile, I'm enjoying the calm before the storm Have you had one of those sustained, Wonder-Parent periods of time? It's when:
I think it's the last bit that is most important to me and speaks to my soul. When I feel confident in my parenting, there is joy and ease.
Joy and ease to me don't necessarily look like a calm, serene, "perfect" mom.
Life is messy and filled with paint on the wall, mistakes, yelling, apologizing, inconsistency, and oopsie-daisies.
Life is also filled with creative gems of parenting brilliance, nesting, inspiration, and getting it just right.
My parenting "balance" (we all know I hate that word, right?) looks like being OK with all of the above, plus a little spilled milk to boot.
I'm wondering why I'm having such an easeful time right now, and I can think of a couple variables.
1) I'm in tune with my hormonal cycles now thanks to a tracking app. Knowing a cranky time might be approaching helps me know to ask my husband for more support, patience, and lets me know not to take my moods too seriously.
2) I have been prioritizing personal renewal.
3) I have been extremely flexible about my expectations for DD and for my family life.
4) I've renewed my commitment to tuning into my Inner Compass, and have developed some parenting strategies that make me feel good, rather than stressed.
5) We recently completed a 15-day Love, Peace, and Parenting Journey, and I learned that I'm not alone at all and got amazing insights from that group of self-reflective, loving parents.
If you've experienced sustained periods of parenting ease and joy, what do you attribute it to?
And can you forgive me for the dangling preposition?