Most Tuesdays I drop the kids off at school and rush home to finish my work. I catch up on blog writing and photo edits.
But today I am giving up my usual agenda to take one of my girls on a date day.
Kindergarten prep requires a physical exam. It is much easier to take one kid at a time to the doc. After that we are spending the rest of the school day together.
It turns out I have a five year old super fan who knows exactly how she would spend the day with me, her favorite celebrity.
“First we’re gonna swing together, then blow bubbles together, then take a nature walk and have a picnic lunch.”
That’s a pretty specific list of things to do. Listening to my girl describe our dream date made me realize how insignificant all my chores and to-do lists are. Those things will always be there. But a day will come when my daughter doesn’t want to spend an entire day with me. She will have her own list of things to complete.
I am enjoying my cup of coffee while she still sleeps. In a moment I will wake her up to start our day. Here is hoping your day is filled with love and don’t forget to cherish the little people in your life.
The Whatever Mom is a twin mom learning to let go of perfection. She shares her real life struggles with parenting through her blog and contributes her time and talents as a writer to Hudson Valley Parent and Masshole Mommy. When she isn’t writing you can find her chugging coffee, folding laundry and not judging other parents. Don’t forget to subscribe via email so you never miss a blog post again!
I love this! Sometimes you have to let stuff go and do what’s in the now. Especially when the kids are little – they are only this age once. The other stuff can wait.
It is good to let go and focus on the present because life is too short to focus on what you could and couldn’t do. A great read!
Yes !!! That little fourtne says it all I take work so serious which is very good and sometimes bad.
It’s a struggle!
ahhh this is so sweet. I too, think it’s so important to recognize these moments with our kids because they are only this age ONCE. ;
Life through the eyes of a 5 year old. Great reminder to enjoy the little things.
This is such an inspirational post. Oftentimes I find myself working more than I need to on things that aren’t making my life better. It’s one of the many reasons I have to stop myself and spend time with my family, go for a walk, and clear my mind.
My mom used to do this with me…… she would throw everything out the window and it was called a kids choice day! Love it!!
Kids have to feel like they are winning sometimes too right? Makes them feel capable when they can be in charge now and then!
I usually like to keep to a schedule and if I get off schedule, I get very spazzed out lol Lately, I have been just taking days as they come and only doing what I can without stressing about it.
It has taken me a long time to learn to let go of sticking so tight to my expectations. lol I am a recovering perfectionist after all. 😉
Work but don’t forget to live. What a fantastic mantra! Let’s remember what’s important.
I have to have a list, but I definitely don’t always go by it. It is just mostly a list of things I need to do for the day…ie getting my daughter to practice, etc.
This is so sweet and very inspiring! It’s true ,sometimes we just too focus on work, and forget to spend time with important people in our lives.
Love this so much! Sometimes a different kind of to do list is the right kind for that day!
Thank you for being so open, natural and honest. I think I just saw the real you
It’s so important to take a break from the constant to-do list and focus on what is more important. Thank you for the reminder!
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I agree with this so much. Now that my daughter is 9 I realize just how fast it’s going and want those special moments with her so much more. So to-do lists can wait.