Finding Extraordinary in Parenting

Dirty dishes, dirty laundry, dirty floors, mirrors, sinks, counters, and dirty children.

Arguing, tantrums, disobedience, unkindness.

Exhaustion, exasperation, disappointed expectations.

Parenting is hard! The every day can get mundane. We begin counting the hours till we have a break, a little quiet time, peace. And when that doesn’t happen, we experience frustration, lose our patience quickly, and miss opportunities to really enjoy our children.

How can we change this cycle? How can we find extraordinary moments with our children in the midst of everyday chaos?

Here are a few ideas that have helped me have genuine moments of joy, extraordinary moments, with my children.

Tickle them. Really! Just stop and tickle them. Let their giggles be your primary goal, allowing your burdens to lift and your focus to be completely on them.

Observe them playing. Watch how they interact with their toys, the voices they do, the imaginary conversations.

Take their picture! I love capturing my kiddos really being them. Don’t force them into something unnatural, but capture them when they don’t notice you, when they’re really in their element.

Do something completely out of the ordinary, e̶s̶p̶e̶c̶i̶a̶l̶l̶y̶  even if it makes a mess! Let them finger paint, play with shaving cream, fill up water balloons, water guns, blow bubbles, etc.

Have a dance party!! Everyone loves this <3

Let them make up a story and then turn it into a book made out of card stock!

Watch them run. I had an extraordinary moment just a few days ago as my toddler ran away from me. His curls bouncing, the way he ran in only the way a toddler does…it melted my heart and made me want to capture him this way forever!

Get creative. You know your kids. Write a list out just like this specific for your children. And then take the time each to do something to find extraordinary!

 

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