You know how Barbie had her Dream House and it was all pink and purple and perfect? And you flip through House Beautiful or Architectural Digest or Veranda at the dentist or you flip channels and stumble upon HGTV and it’s all a beautifully curated collection of wonderful keepsakes from trips to Europe and gallery walls that are perfectly hung and totally complementary?
We don’t live in that kind of Dream House. I prefer to call ours the “living the dream” house. I keep a (never used in a toilet) plunger near the shower in our master bath, in case the drain backs up a little, which happens from time to time because our house is not new. You can always find a package of mostly stale crackers in our pantry because we’ve fostered independent snacking but somehow the message of “close the box appropriately and put it away” hasn’t gotten through. Chipped dishes from 12 years of washing them in a ceramic sink. One knife missing from our knife block because I accidentally threw it away with the scraps on the cutting board one time.
Parenting is an exhausting job.Whether it is waking up to feed an infant or soothe a toddler, or waiting up for a teenager, it can seem like we never quite get enough sleep. But we all know some days are definitely worse than others. So on that day that you were up since 4:30 am or only got a few hours of sleep, let yourself put some things on the shelf for when you have a little more reserve.
5 Things Not to Do When You are Tired
1. Try a new plan. Remember that plan for a seamless bedtime routine that you worked out last week? Or your perfectly patient ignoring of an annoying behavior? Let it go for now and pick up where you left off when you aren't as tired.
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