I feel like all new parents should be given a t-shirt that reads “CEO of the hardest job ever.” Because that is what parenting is in so many ways. As a mom I have been challenged in ways I never imagined, and most days I feel like I fail miserably. 80/20 parenting is about realizing that parenting is tough, giving yourself a break, and taking the help, and often the shortcut.
For me, 80/20 parenting is about choosing my battles, following my intuitions, and honoring my values in my role as a parent. If I can do that 80% of the time, I can sleep at night (until Logan wakes me up, of course!). I’m learning to let go mommy guilt that follows the 20% of the times when I just wasn’t the parent I wanted to be.
It’s definitely the hardest of all of my 80/20 goals.
Posts about 80/20 parenting will be a lot of narratives about my own parenting highs and lows, things I’ve found helpful, and hopefully things I’ve learned and want to share with all of you. I’ll also post about the challenges of parenting when you have a chronic disease. There are days I feel so tired and weak that I would probably just lay in bed if I didn’t have my kids. MS is no joke, and it has forced me to become very creative in my parenting roles, and just RELAX.
Parenting a hard job, because it’s such an important one.