Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnel

The other night my husband and I sat amongst the chaos of our family room, looking at the disaster that five children can make. My husband turned to me and said something that really hit home; he said, “This is the worst it’s going to get. It’s only going to get better from here.” (speaking of the mess, not the potential problems…you parents of teenagers are probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking, “just wait.”) And I realized that he was right. Our youngest child is now two years old (well he will be before the end of this month) and our oldest children are slowly learning to take more and more responsibility for the care and cleaning of our home.

While we are in the thick of things, we forget that the difficulties won’t last forever. Sure, new ones come along, but potty training doesn’t take forever; children eventually learn how to do their own laundry; and one day it will be possible for the family room to remain clean for longer than five minutes! Yes, I know this news comes as quite a shock to those of you who, like me, are in the thick of the toddler/preschool years.

So remember when you are discouraged, and at the end of your rope; wishing for the magic cleaning fairy to come save you from the messes made by toddler, this is the worst it’s going to get (I can’t guarantee that other things won’t get worse, like teenage attitude, messy rooms and homework struggles, but the crazy, destructive messes created by toddlers will get better)!

- Christine

Posted by Christine of Random Thoughts With Chris

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