10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge – 2 Weeks Later

It’s been two weeks since finishing up with the peaceful parenting challenge and it’s been a very interesting two weeks for me.

I’m not sure this will make sense… but I’m working hard on catching up on things, so that I can let go of things. To try and explain, there are a lot of projects that I’ve had on my plate for a very long time and I’m slowly working my way through them, trying very hard not to replace those things with new projects, until everything is done. With most of these projects, I’m trying to organize what I have/need/want to keep and purge the rest. The stuff that I simply can’t purge, but don’t really need, I’ve filed away, in hopes that in time, I’ll also be able to let it go. My goal is to have our house completely organized by the one year mark of our move in date (November 28th). This may seem like a long time… but between all our interests, we have a lot of stuff!

I think the best thing that I learned from the challenge was to be more present and to accept my children’s invitations to play more often. I’m finally finding the balance between work, home and play. This morning was a prime example. Tehya woke up crying at about 7:30, Eric was just leaving for work and I was half awake in bed contemplating all the things on my to do list and where I was going to start. Eric picked Tehya up from her bed and brought her into me. She snuggled into my arms, her head nestled under my chin and was quickly back to sleep. I laid there and just reveled in the moment, reminding myself that this moment was far more important than any task I had on my to do list. There will be a time, in the not too distant future, where my girls will think of themselves as too big to cuddle with mommy. I’m grateful that I’m able to take the time now to enjoy it. The best part… Tehya woke up an hour later feeling happy and truly ready to start her day. She was full of hugs and kisses and giggles. It’s meant that so far, she’s been able to enjoy some quality playtime with her sister, while I write this post and do a few of the things on my to do list. All because I put her first for one blissful, cuddly hour 🙂

Happy Friday!

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