Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go
Greetings young mothers. I remember the crazy love-filled years, when my children were infants and toddlers. I wouldn’t trade those years for anything. Yes, the house was messy. Yes, I hardly read, but I sure had fun!
March, 1992. My third child was born as my oldest was about to turn four. I’ve had the luxury of being a stay-at-home mom for many years. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with my kids. I remember vividly three of us lined up against the wall. Four year-old Robby was riding his horsey; Melanie was in her crank-up infant swing; I was on my exercise bike; and newborn Hilary was asleep. There were times when my husband would arrive home from work and I’d head out the door for a twenty-minute walk just to clear my head from a full day with young children.
As a mother with several young children, you must “do less” and “let go.” I was never one to schedule many activities. My kids were home for their naps, we were not overwhelmed with activities and I had energy for my husband in the evening.
Some new mothers still cling to the idea of perfection. They maintain the same high standards of a clean house, socializing and volunteer or work obligations as they did before they had children. Things change when a baby or two joins the family. Your rest and health should be priorities as well as time with your spouse. Let go of everything, but hang on to the priority of relationships. You won’t be sorry.
Middle age couples who poured everything into the children and nothing into their marriage relationship find themselves strangers. Let go of what ultimately is not important. Hang onto what really matters.