THE TRUTH ABOUT PARENTING PRESCHOOLERS
By Liz Hansen
Before we had children, a friend once told us, “Kids simultaneously ruin your life and make it awesome.” Now, as the parents of a one-year-old and a three-year-old, we ruefully refer to this comment on a regular basis. It’s the truth of our story right now.
We love our kids. We love our life. And we are exhausted.
Every day, every hour, every minute, the highs are high and the lows bottom out. One second, they’re bear hugging and giggling. Then we attempt lunch and the underweight 3-year-old refuses to take a single bite, while the hangry 18-month-old hurls everything off his tray—and then howls to get it back. And as I pull out the broom for the 17th time, I try not to think how many more days, pre-loaded with three meals each, will roll around before this phase is over.
We’re so deep in this story it’s nearly impossible to step outside it for a moment of perspective. Each day someone reminds me that my boys will be graduating high school before I can blink. I know it. But that’s not what I need to hear right now . . .
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