1. Grace says:

    Thank you for that, Beth. You’re timing could not have been more perfect. I miss you! XO

  2. Anna says:

    Love it

  3. rhia says:

    love it! you always know how to make a mama feel good. now I’m off to clean my house while my youngin’ watches the Cosby show! I had no idea they were on YouTube!!

  4. luisa says:

    i hope that when i become a mother, i’ll remember all of this.. oh, and the envy goes the other way. as much as i enjoy my life, there is definitely a part that wishes i had children in school already =p thanks, beth. always insightful. xoxo

  5. Ben says:

    Word. Preach it sister. I love seeing the shock and disbelief in other parent’s faces when I tell them, “No, we decided to quick this or that program.” They simply do not grok the option of not doing it all for the sake of their kids. If you actually put yourself before your kids, doesn’t that make you a monster or at least some kind of felon-breeder? Nope. It does not.

  6. Kirsten says:

    Lovely Post.

    Especially this line resonated with me: “The bulk of my grief stems from the unrealistic expectations I set for myself. I think this one requires a post of it’s own.”

    I am not quite ten years into this parenting thing (with 9, 5 and 1 year olds), and I am still trying to figure out *how* to do less. I mean, my house is a mess, I *never* spend three hours on dinner, and an hour of yoga, are you kidding? But still, somehow life always seems to frantically paced. Still, I am working on it 🙂

    Oh, the one year old’s wakin’ up, gotta go!

  7. h says:

    Nice, I like #1 especially. You rock!

  8. Kel says:

    You must know how relieving it is to learn that I’m not a horrible mother/wife/human being – just one going crazy, like so many before her, in a fragmented frenzy. I need to use a mantra along the lines of “it’s all about me. It’s all about me,” and just see where the chips fall for everyone else occasionally!

    Thanks for another lovely lesson.

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