A typical evening for our family begins with family dinner. The kids aren’t (yet) to the age where they are involved in a million different activities so we can still regularly sit down to dinner.
Dinner time signals the most busy time of the day for me and also presents one of my biggest challenges as a parent.
Being a parent is hard. It’s the most difficult job on the planet and it full of highs and lows. But we go through it because the rewards greatly out weigh the challenges… or so I’ve been told.
It’s just that there are some challenges that are so frustrating that I want to beat my head against the wall until I can’t see straight.
For example, every afternoon I put thought and effort into what to make for dinner. (You can also read that to say, I spend hours pinning recipes on Pinterest that I want to make but never do and end up making chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese.) I strive to make good, nutritious food for the kids to keep them healthy and not get me a lecture from our pediatrician about how my son’s BMI is 3 points above normal. He’s big boned, deal with it.
Anyway, I put lots of options on the table, fruits vegetables, grains, meat… all things the children love to eat. And eat they do. They have their fill or till I have been worn down and just let them eat two bites because I can’t deal with the whining, manipulating or crying anymore.
When they are done eating and all excused from the table, I am left with a kitchen and dinning room that looks like a tornado went through a grocery store. Add that to trying to get Hayden to do his homework and getting the triplets in their pj’s and you have chaos.
After dinner in this house is chaos.
But that is not the challenging part. No, I can deal with chaos and have been since the day the hospital called and told me that we had a third baby who was ready and needed to come home even though we already had 2 babies and a toddler.
No, the challenge is what happens after I get the kitchen cleaned, help with the homework, and find pajamas.
Well here… it’s probably best if I just showed you.
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