As a mom (or dad, for that matter), it’s inherent to want to be a SuperParent, whether you admit it or not. Despite the fact that I refuse (nor really have any desire or intention) to join in the “Mommy-wars” fighting over what kind of parent is “best” – we all can’t help but want to BE the best for our children. Yes, I know that there are parents out there that (sadly) don’t have that desire, but in general when that first baby comes to us (however they come) – we pull on that cape, put on our mask, and prepare to fly through life nourishing and guiding and protecting our children.
Personally, I tend to be a go-getter, over achiever, “I can do it” person. One of those people that makes some grimace and others hope to see fail (because they know one person couldn’t possibly do it all – which is true!). I’m not out to impress anyone, but simply have a head full of ideas and hopes and dreams and not nearly enough time in the day. I have a hard time saying no because it is “such a great opportunity” or sounds like something that would be so incredible. And that list is never-ending.
In less than a week I will begin the journey of homeschooling our oldest. It wasn’t anything I planned on doing originally, but have come to a deep conviction for many reasons that this year it is best for me to be his educator. I have no idea if we will homeschool beyond this year. Truth be told – I have no idea if we will continue past the first semester. I am doing my best to remain open and to continue to choose what is best for him and for our family. With that commitment, also comes the reality that we are going to have to be doing some serious organization and planning and making-it-all-happen while we keep the family sane and happy and at peace (because that is the kicker and the most important thing of all, isn’t it?!?)
I need to carve out time to do love my family, feed them, keep our house somewhat tidy and clean (for my own sanity), school my child, play with all of them, get outside, get alone time and exercise and prayer time AND blog. Sounds exhausting, doesn’t it?
But, I can’t do it all. I simply can’t. I can’t be the best at everything or follow all the dreams I have floating around in my mind. My priority is my family – it is what matters the most. I will forever and always be a SuperParent for my kids. But, doing that means being realistic about my own talents and limitations, and how they can benefit my kids.
I am working hard right now to get things ready so I can do the best I am capable of doing AND remain present and available for my children. I’m setting my priorities and doing my very best to hang up that cape and simplify life. It’s maybe the hardest thing of all.
I love this blog. I love the doors it has opened up for me and our whole family. It’s the best “business” I never dreamed of doing. But, I am going to be more picky about what I post. I can’t publish something every day (without losing sleeping and stressing.) I can’t answer every email immediately. What I hope to do is continue to write and share and inspire – just on a smaller, more quality scale. Some weeks I may still post daily. Some weeks I may not post at all. It’s the beauty of blogging – I can do what I want to do. I just hope you’ll stick around and wait for the good stuff.
I’m a wife, a mom, a woman, a writer, an athlete, a daughter of God and a strong believer in making the most out of life. But, I don’t have to be SuperMom.
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