It’s 2:30 PM.
My girls didn’t take a nap. My older one is being a stinker, and the baby just wants to be held. I take a selfie of my frustrated expression so I can pour it all out on social media.
As I’m writing out the text for my post I immediately delete and put down my phone. A couple of hours later I catch my daughters sweetly looking at each other. I take a picture and post it, reflecting on how the days are long, but the years are short. I do this because I want to remember the blessings of the day more than the frustrations.
Remembering the Blessings or the Frustrations
I can’t tell you how many days the above scenario plays out. I’m not saying it’s wrong to share the frustrations of every day life with young children. In fact, sometimes I DO share! Here is the thing though.
Every day will have frustrations- children or not! Years from now, I want to think of these days with my little girls as sweet. Of course I’ll remember the struggles with potty training, illness, and defiant behavior, but I hope my overall remembrance of these days will be positive.
I want to remember the giggles and snuggles. The pitter patter of small feet hopping across the house and the way she crawls backwards instead of forwards. The funny little words they say and the proud way they sing their songs. Days where we got to play, read, and relax. Days when personality popped. Days we found friendship. Days lessons were learned. Days of togetherness.
The reflection that I want to have in the future begins with the present. I have a say in how it goes! I must ensure that I’m noticing the good, and looking for perspective in moments of difficulty.
Let’s season our social media posts with gratitude.
Yes, hard things happen, and sometimes we want to share. That’s okay. Let’s keep perspective though.
Let’s do all we can to create great days so that when we look back, we won’t only remember the struggles of our current phase, but also our blessings.