In general, parents (including myself) need to stop treating kids like inconveniences, and start treating them like the blessings they are. I know that raising kids is exhausting, and I’m as sleep deprived as the next mom. But if you get irritated every time something doesn’t go according to plan or isn’t conducive to your day, you will become miserable.
I have caught myself before, trying to bounce my baby from her Einstein mat- to her jumperoo- to the floor- to her bouncer, and then back to her Einstein mat again, all in the vein of trying to get other things done (usually housework). But now I try to manage my time better, which means enjoying the time I have with her.
Instead of putting her second to my “to do” list, and inadvertently making her the inconvenience, I make her the priority by letting the housework take a back seat. When she is awake, I focus on her; I sing with her, play with her, and hold her. Sometimes the best part of my day is just watching her sleeping peacefully in my arms. When I make our time together the ultimate priority, everything else is what seems like the inconvenience.
I believe that this paradigm shift in priorities has the potential to bring a great deal of bliss to the many stressed out and annoyed parents out there. After all, when our priorities are set straight, we are able to give all the blessings in our lives full value, rather than being bogged down by the “inconvenience” of it all.