The following is a list of real-life things that happened in a single day in order to illustrate that focussing on ‘the good’ is vital for survival as a modern parent.
We must not succumb to the bad and the ugly.
Optimism is the only way through.
THE OPTIMIST’S LIST:
My toddler learned a new word
I can fit my jeans again
My baby is rolling
I managed to make and drink a coffee while it was still hot
We had fun with bubbles and water outside
We successfully completed an errand without too many major dramas
I am getting better at reading my toddler’s tired signs
I went for a bush walk with both children and avoided ‘terror hour’
My dogs are enthusiastic with their ‘hand’ trick
My babies went to bed on time and without fuss
I had takeaways for dinner with a glass of wine
I was inspired to write this blog
I went to bed early
THE PESSIMIST’S LIST:
My toddler has started to hit me during tantrums
I don’t have enough time to exercise like I could with one child
My baby is not sleeping through
I can’t go to cafes easily on my own anymore
The house is messy
My errand outing was difficult to fit in around nap times
My toddler had an over-tired tantrum
I have sore shoulders and a new blister
My dog clawed my leg
I burned dinner whilst trying to multi-task getting children ready for bed
I drank bad wine
I am tired
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