I’ve said it a thousand times and it still bears repeating, “Being a work-from-home mom isn’t easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
I realize it more than ever each summer.
This summer, I launched an eBook to help you organize your summer and your business as a WAHM, I have baked 5 different types of cookies with my daughter, am teaching her to write and learn numbers 11-20, watched movies, new and old, caught up on reading and have taken an afternoon nap pretty much every day of the week.
Does it seem perfect?
Actually, it is and it isn’t.
Choosing Peace Over Perfection
This summer, we made a conscious decision to choose activities, chores and tasks that made us all feel peaceful, happy and content as a family.
Whether it is sleeping in for my little girl (and sometimes, husband!) or taking an afternoon nap for me.
Whether it is reading books after books curled up together in bed with my daughter or letting her splash around in the bathroom for a little while.
Whether it is letting the house look more than lived in (!) and instead, sit out and blow bubbles together.
Whether it is going for just tennis lessons instead of a bunch of classes and activities or full blown summer camp.
Bringing Peace Into Our Home
No two homes or families are alike. Having said that, here’s what helped us embrace peace this summer:
Staying fluid and flexible with our routines and schedules. It’s okay if the kids want to sleep in, catch up on your chores or mom-me time, if you want.
Doing things together.
Doing things apart from each other.
Enjoying the small joys of the season – eating mangoes and watermelon, gorging on cookies, icecreams and sorbets, smelling the summer blooms and playing in the rain are high on our list.
Being comfortable and in love with your home, piles of laundry, toys on the floor and all. Yes, this takes some getting used to but trust me, it is totally worth it.
Make having fun as a family a priority and opting to spend our time doing that.
Yes, choosing peace over perfection was the best decision I made this summer for a perfect season.
What does your summer look like?
Photo Credit: D. Sharon Pruitt