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

Shake it up a bit….and live life more fully!

shake things up

Don’t let day to day parenting make your life mundane!

Sometimes life can become a bit mundane. It shouldn’t….but it can. Often as a parent your days begin to look the same. I smile when I think of an old television commercial about poor Fred the Dunkin’ Donuts Baker….(I am probably showing how old I am, none of you may even recognize this!) who meets himself coming and going to make the donuts…over and over and over again. There is no passion or joy in his life. He seems to be going through the motions only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=petqFm94osQ

When we are stuck in a parenting funk, or any rut parenting or not, we can begin to feel a lack of energy, maybe a lack of creativity, or even a lack of purpose.  All of us need to “shake things up” every once in a while. What does that mean? It means we might need to find a new passion (in addition to our kids), or we may need to hang out with someone who has a passion and catch some of their energy, or we may need to stretch ourselves a bit and do something “a little crazy”. What can you do different today from yesterday? What is something you are passionate about? Find that passion and take steps forward…even if they are small steps, continue to grow yourself personally as you parent. Surround yourself with positive people, don’t let yourself be brought down by parents who are stuck in the mundane of every day parenting. Dream, plan, live, shake things up.…

My children are grown…all 20 somethings….(yes I still am a Mom, you never stop!) but even now my life can look the same each day. I often need to step back and “shake things up” or meet with someone to encourage me, or talk with someone who is excited about a new passion in life. I had coffee with a friend today who did just that. She was passionate about a dream she was going to reach for, she was excited about shaking things up. Her energy was contagious! Her positivity was exciting, our conversation was enlightening. I can’t tell young parents enough how important it is to surround yourself with other people who are joyful, positive and alive. You will begin to mentor each other, plan fun things to do as parents and friends, and together see the joy of your lives in this moment. Keep looking for your dreams, keep living your passions, keep surrounding yourself in positivity, and make yourself a promise….shake things up a bit this week!….Change it up!….Don’t let yourself slip into the life of Fred the Baker and live simply until it is “time to make the donuts…again and again.”  Life is too short to live without joy…parenting is too important to simply go through the motions…and you are too valuable to live without passion.  Shake it up!  🙂

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


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