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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Momma said don't sweat the small stuff...

And I think it represents most Mom's everywhere.(You can't deny it... we are all emotional basket cases) It is hard not to narrow in on all of the tiny drama's that happen throughout our day. Between the bumped heads and the scraped knees and the total meltdown over the wrong kind of lunch meat, our emotions are running on the brink of total loss of nerve at all times! Some days I get so frustrated at the smallest things. I have to sit down and remind myself, THIS IS NOT WORTH GETTING UPSET OVER! I think as parents we FEEL 10 times more emotional b/c not only do we feel our pains and frustrations, but we also feel our kid's. Can you imagine how much THEY are feeling? Having to share our burdens with us? I often think about the emotional strain we as parents can put on our children without even realizing it. Financial strain, marital strain... LIFE in general. Every ounce of emotion we are feeling, we project onto our children. Has your 5 year old ever raised concerns to you about money? There is probably a reason for it... we tend to say stuff in the heat of the moment that in most instances we never would. We get so upset and frustrated that we have to release these emotions and usually our children are the ones on the receiving end. We are allowing our children to share our worries... worries that should not plague them for many many years.

My Momma used to tell me when I felt like I was going to have a serious case of word vomit... to stick an apple in my mouth. (NO joke) So, let's share an apple with our kids. Let them be kids... don't sweat the small stuff. Don't have a meltdown over the 5th dirty diaper in a row! Don't cry over the spilled milk. It is not worth it. Before we know it, our day is over and the only thing we have accomplished is a whole lot of drama and not one ounce of what we need to get done. :) Life is too short, our children are not going to be this cute and cuddly forever. I don't know about ya'll, but I don't want to wake up 10 years from now wondering where the time has gone. I wan't to know exactly what my time was spent doing... and I do not want it to be worrying and stressing over matters that are out of my hands.

"If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. " ~Don Herold


  1. Love the quote at the end - it crystalizes what you said perfectly! Very cute blog with nice wisdom, too. Glad I stopped by.

  2. So, these are really good blogs Ash. Keep it up.