Oookay… here it goes: Mommy Confession #5! My kids didn’t bathe for a week! In my defense, last week was incredibly busy; we had an activity that kept us out late every night. Sure, we could have bathed them in the morning, but let’s get real here! They were tired! They needed that extra twenty minutes of sleep! To be even more honest, I needed those extra 20 minutes of quiet time to wake up just as much as they needed the sleep.
My kids may or may not have been the smelly kids at their day care (I didn’t notice an odor), but it’s all a trade off. If I had stuck with our routine and normal schedule, they would have only spent a handful of hours with my siblings who were vising from Texas. They hadn’t seen their uncle and aunt in months so I stick by my decision. Slightly dirty children was clearly the better choice in this situation!
Parenting and life are all about trade offs. We try to squeeze in every minute and every activity that we can, but there are truly only so many hours in the day. Parents must constantly try to balance work, activities, relationships, house work, and more. Every evening I feel as though I have to pick between playing with the Keller Kids and doing chores like the dishes. Unfortunately, doing the dishes usually wins. One of these days, I’m going to get a dishwasher…
Balancing parenthood and work can also be challenging (I think that’s a post for another day!), and, really, I can’t imagine how many more trade offs we will have to make as the Keller Kids get older and become involved in extracurricular activities.
Finding the right balance is obviously the key. Choosing to visit with family while still making sure that the Keller Kids get enough sleep was a decision that I made over requiring the Keller Kids to bathe every two days. Really, it’s not even a very significant trade off. The Keller Kids got a little dirty, but they were able to build memories that will turn into a family legacy. Future balancing acts will undoubtedly be a little bit more challenging!
I often think back to my own childhood, and I don’t know how my parents did it! First, I’m a twin, and I have a younger sibling who is quite a bit younger. As a result, my parents were constantly pulled in different directions! We were all three very involved in extracurricular activities, and, of course, they were rarely in the same locations. Yet, I remember a parent at nearly every one of my activities. I had a home cooked meal almost every night, our home was well-kept, and all of our basic needs were met. I sure hope Mr. Keller and I can pull off that same feat!
One last mommy confession today: this mommy is very worried about balancing work, motherhood, and house hold chores as the Keller Kids get older!!