This too shall pass. This is a phrase I am constantly repeating in my head, especially when going through a tough stage of parenting. When we are in the trenches it is easy to forget that this is all such a short amount of time in the grand scheme of life. If we don’t remind ourselves that we will get through those tough moments, well, we might just lose our minds (if we haven’t already).
Here is a list of tough moments in parenting where I have had to remind myself that this too shall pass:
1.When my kids are sick: In our household it is just a given that when one kid gets sick, so does the other. Our oldest is in preschool and we all know that school is a petri dish in itself. She brings home every germ under the sun and passes it on to her little sister. Both of them like to sync up their midnight fevers, coughing, and throwing up episodes. What fun would it be if they didn’t torture mommy and daddy like this? They like to keep us on our toes. Running on little to no sleep at 4 am while dealing with two puking kids is reason enough to chant “this too shall pass” before voluntarily committing myself to a psych ward.
2. The dreaded sleep regression: Our 8 month old is in the middle of a sleep regression, and we are wishing and praying that it is close to the end. I have read this is one of the worst sleep regressions and it is usually the time when most parents start sleep training. I can see why sleep deprivation is a form of torture. Just when you get used to having a good baby that sleeps through the night, they decide to turn your world upside down and boycott sleep. I am literally trying to stay awake as I write this post because my fitbit just reminded me that I only slept 2 hours last night. This is why coffee is my best friend.
3. Feeling overwhelmed with trying to do it all: Sometimes I get so exhausted that I don’t know if I am coming or going. Between working outside of the home and taking care of a household, it can get overwhelming at times. There are moments when I feel that I can’t give 100% to both my career and my family, especially when I am exhausted and being pulled in all directions. During these difficult times I again remind myself that this too shall pass. I know that in a few days, when I am getting the rest and exercise that I need, I will feel brand new. But until then, I remind myself that I am doing what I can to give my family the best of me. I also treat myself to a margarita (or three)because parenting.
Cheers to us parents who are trying to survive the highs and the lows of the toughest, but most rewarding job we have ever had. Raising our little humans to grow up knowing that we tried our best because we love them with everything we have. It is not always easy but when the going gets tough, just remember that this too shall pass!