Keeping up with a 2.5 year old and a 1 year old is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes I feel as if my house will never be truly clean, clothes never fully organized, and the laundry never done (washed, folded, AND put away). Although I’ve learned that some days just won’t go as planned, I can’t help but feel like a slacker when the floors aren’t shiny and clean before I go to bed.
However, my kids aren’t concerned about housework. They are content to sit and play with me, have me read to them, or watch Moana for the umpteenth time (seriously can’t say “you’re welcome” without incorporating Maui’s intonations). Spending time with them is what’s most important, yet I can’t shake the feeling that I’m not doing enough when I don’t do it all. As I am typing this, Lila is attempting to pull DJ’s socks off as he giggles, and she laughs hysterically as she realizes she’s amusing her big brother. Truly priceless moments that are far more important than chores.
I suppose balance is always the goal; whether or not I actually achieve it remains to be seen! In the future, my children will remember the quality time spent with them as opposed to time spent cleaning. Yet, I also feel if they are accustomed a clean, organized environment, it will be second nature for them to want the same for themselves as young adults (let’s skip the teenage years for now!). In the end, I pray they allow themselves a peaceful journey en route to their own parity.