Diary of a half-mile walk with my kid.

0:00 Decided to go on a half mile walk with my 4yo. It’s not far, it seems like a good idea.

0:10 This was a terrible idea.

0:15 Stopped because there is a was a piece a of dead christmas tree on the sidewalk. Said, “Oh cool”, but kid wasn’t convinced, had to feign interest for a solid 10 minutes before we could move on.

0:35 Taking dead christmas tree with us.

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You are the best mom for your kids, and I am the best for mine.

What if you are the best mom there is for your kids, what if I’m the best for mine?

What if we really believed that?

I remember when our first son was just a baby, I was talking to a seasoned mom of three. I was strung out on new mom anxiety and was stressing about everything from nursing schedules, to mysterious skin rashes. ¬†She looked at me kindly, “Ya know, it seems like you’re really worried about doing things the ‘right way’, but parenting isn’t that complicated. You don’t need to read every book there is, trust your gut, love them, you aren’t going to mess this up.”

I remember nodding at her politely and thinking, ARE YOU INSANE??? I AM NOT TO BE TRUSTED!! I CANNOT EVEN KEEP MY CLOSET CLEAN OR REMEMBER TO SHAVE MY ARMPITS!

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