Making the most of the mundane

Making the most of the mundane
[By Claire Chadwick] Enjoying the ‘every day’ with our kids. Reflecting back now, I realise how much freedom I had before I became a parent. Late nights could be met with sleep-ins, weekends were about recovery and celebration and adventure, holidays were about rest, relaxation and getting away and days at home were filled with whatever my heart desired. Nowadays, with two kids in tow, filling my days looks VERY different. Freedom has a whole new meaning now. Now, my every decision and every action revolve around my kids and being their Mother. So much is sacrificed and left behind, compromises are made and living life is full of completely different inspirations. I love being a parent. Although I occasionally mourn the pre-kids life {especially after a sleepless night with baby followed by a 5am wake up}, most of the time I embrace every part of motherhood, including the mundane. Something I’ve learnt to accept though, is that ‘the mundane‘ becomes the focal driving point of everyday! It’s very easy to fall into a Groundhog Day trap when you’re parenting young children, especially if you stay home with them fulltime. Each day begins with the same routine of bottles and breakfasts and messes. The same toys being played with, the same battles being fought and the same chores to complete. The days can roll on and before you know it; weeks have passed and a lot of the ‘same thing’ has happened. Routine is vitally important for young kids, but it can also sometimes entrap us into a mundane frame-of-mind. For this reason, I like to spice things up a bit. Even on a budget, you can turn the everyday mundane into magical moments and memories for your kids. Get out of the house! Go for a nature walk, head to the local library, sprawl a picnic rug in your backyard and enjoy lunch out there today, make a fairy/elf house, bake pancakes and feast like Kings and Queens, go on a teddy bear’s picnic, invite your neighbour over for a tea party, take photos, wear pyjamas all day, make a fort/cubby in the lounge room and spend playtime in there, take the kids out for a milkshake or ice-cream, take a trip down to the beach or park; and make the effort to apply little changes in the ‘every day’. This requires a huge change in perspective and focus, but in the long run, it’s so much better for you and your children. To keep this focus, I regularly remind myself about the kind of childhood memories I want my children to have. Yes, there are days when routine is needed, TV time is ok, work needs to be done, housework must be completed and children need to play independently and that’s ok. But for the other days, don’t get trapped in the mindset that parenting is boring and so full of mundane moments. You can still have freedom and an adventurous life whilst parenting young kids. You just have to be creative and inspired. What do you do to break away from the mundane and receptiveness of parenthood? Please, share your ideas; let’s inspire each other. Claire blogs daily from her Brisbane home at blog.scissorspaperrockdesigns.com.au She’s a lover of coffee, summer, red wine, blue cheese and the sound of her children laughing. Claire is a happily married freelance writer & primary school teacher who is on a mission to seep as much goodness out of life as possible. Claire believes in living a wholesome life full of rich memories and cherished moments. Her weaknesses: designer handbags, good champagne and a jar of Nutella.