Parenting observations part 2
“Controlled chaos” has become a popular phrase in our house over the past two years. My wife, Kasey, and I will go from having a clean, organized living/dining room to a space littered with toys that upon being stepped on will hurt something fierce! When was the last time you stepped on a Thomas the train toy? That happened to me the other morning as I was getting ready for work around 4:l5 a.m. I couldn’t yell out in pain for fear of waking up my house, but I also couldn’t be really mad at the same time. Moments like that make me smile, laugh, and, yes, sometimes grimace with pain. But isn’t that all part of this adventure we’re on?
Soon the trains will be replaced with remote-controlled cars, then iPads, and perhaps even drums or guitars. I understand more and more how precious the time we have now with our two young boys is. The moments of controlled chaos have joy in them, even if they can be stressful. Entertaining a toddler while your oldest is playing soccer should be an Olympic sport! I get more of a workout chasing Henry and Theodore around than I could at any gym, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Being present as a parent continues to be challenging with a busy work schedule, the distractions of technology, and things that pop up in our day-to-day lives. I am working on unplugging more when at home and not allowing those distractions to take me away from moments with the boys. I hope that if you’re reading this and you have advice or tips on parenting, you’ll send them to me at [email protected] I enjoy getting different opinions that I can sift through and apply to the skills that I already have. I’m just glad that nobody ever said parenting was easy! Here’s to the parents doing the balancing act that is life to make the best world for their children as possible. Keep it up!