New NormalWritten by Shantel Parks
My 3 older children have been back in school for a week now, and my youngest is headed to preschool next week. I have almost reached what one friend dubbed as the “holy grail of motherhood”.
I won’t officially reach that state until my youngest enters first grade, but until then, with the three older ones off to school and my youngest in preschool two mornings a week, I am fairly content with this stage. I will admit that it has required a bit of a shift in my thinking.
Before, I lived for late wake-up times and nap time and early bed times. Now, I find that I want everyone up and ready for the day at the same time and I often want just a little bit more time at the end of the day. Before, I was so busy seeing to my children’s needs that I often missed seeing my children for the amazing little people they were becoming. Now, I am frequently astounded at how smart they are and how much I enjoy them.
I am thrown a little off-kilter by this shift, and will admit that it has arrived accompanied by no small amount of regret. But each day of this new normal is a chance to make the most, the fullest, the best out of it.
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Shantel's love of story began in her childhood with fairy tales. As a wife of 13 years and a mother of 4, she gets a daily sampling of the many genre's of story, including (but not at all limited to) - humor, alternate history, dramatic interpretations, tall tales, tragedy, and a smattering of anecdotes based on true stories. A sometimes blogger, a frequent do-it-yourselfer, and always fond of Cadbury Mini Eggs, Shantel can be found, most days, going 5 different directions, but usually ending up in her favorite place - at home.
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