You don't have to be perfect to be the perfect parent!

Even adults need moments of play! TGIF!

TGIF!  My favorite day of the week is here again.  I am looking forward to “playing” a bit this weekend.  Even with being an “empty nester” my days get filled with “have to’s”;  so a little play time sounds wonderful.  I will probably sleep a bit later, savor my morning coffee a bit longer, breathe in the fall air a bit deeper, spend some time outside, and choose not to check work e-mails.  I will celebrate a special birthday with my brother-in-law and I am sure have Sunday dinner with at least a couple of my children.  Sounds like a great end to this week and a great start to next week!  Everyone deserves play time; kids and Moms and Dads too.  So, put some of the “have to’s” away for the weekend…(I know you still have to feed the kids) :), but hide some of the non essential “to do” list.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?  Take time to have some fun.  Think of 3 things to do this weekend…one for yourself that might “refill your pitcher” so you have something left to give, something to do with your husband so you can reconnect, and something fun to do with your child that breaks up the ordinary. These might be just small changes for the weekend like a post-it love note, a lunch surprise, a candle at dinner, a family walk or outing, a half hour of reading, a long bath…..but these simple changes will help you to reconnect, refill, recharge and enjoy the moment.

Now, celebrate Friday.  Even adults deserve some play time.  Remember, moments of “play” make life so much more fun.  Don’t allow another day to go by without having a moment to “play” yourself…life is too short…TGIF! 

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.



  1. Ann

    Your blog always speaks to the heart of what I strive to be as a person, a partner, and a parent. Thank you! There will be lots of play in our lives this weekend. 🙂


    • Thanks, Ann! We all are a work in progress every day! Enjoy the moment…have fun playing!!!


  2. Anna Maurer

    great reminder…love the idea of 3 special things for self, spouse and kids! 🙂 happy weekend to you, too!

    “Beginnings are scary, and endings are usually sad. But it’s what’s in the middle that counts.” ~Hope Floats Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:02:20 +0000 To: annawhelan02@msn.com


    • Great way to plan your week too….only 3 things on the “have to” list…one for your spouse, one for your kids, and one for you! Makes your week more fulfilling and keeps the important things at the top of your “to do” list! Thanks for the comment!


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