Who among us hasn't felt upended by our parenting expectations?
Yasmin's appeal for help brought back so many memories of the massive transition I went through as a new parent:
Ever since I had my son, who is now 17 months old, I find it hard to take care of myself like I used to and be the person I used to be, in general. Now, I don't try recipes every week, try romantic gestures with my husband… I lost my patience because I have a very strong willed toddler who has SO much energy and is relentless in everything he does.
How do I balance my life again? I feel traumatized now…I had no idea having a baby was going to turn out to be like this at all.
I immediately wrote back to Yasmin with the promise to post her question along with two oversimplified (but true) answers: you are not alone and it won't always feel this way.
She has been on my mind a lot. I've been marveling recently at just how much my experience of parenting has changed as my kids have grown. I wrote about it over at The Accidental Expert so you'll have some context:
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There's so much more to say. Mine isn't the only response, which is why I am hoping you'll chime in with perspective and comfort for Yasmin.
Please leave a comment: how do you find balance amidst the chaos of the baby-and-toddler years?
No one's expecting a definitive answer, because there isn't one! Whatever thoughts or tips you can offer will help.
Now’s a good time for me to point you back to a post I wrote about finding time for self-care. You can start, even if it’s not enough for now.
Also, a good time for me to mention MinCamp, our free companion workshop to Minimalist Parenting. MinCamp is all about simplifying and streamlining your life…including making room to take care of yourself. Sign up now…MinCamp begins on March 1.