State of the CircusKelli

Things I can't do right:
Keep my house clean
Remain even-keeled
Be an even-handed, consistent, effective parent
Be fun to be around
Focus on what needs to be done, and then do it

This weekend:
I'll clean the house as best as I can
I'll hold my tongue when I want to shout
I'll be happy and outgoing when I want to hide
I'll get back to reading one of the parenting books I have
I'll follow the suggestions in the parenting books I have

Things will look better on Monday. Maybe I'll have a different list then. One of things I can do right...


Susie said...

I admire the way you already do all these things. Not just saying that. You work so hard, care so much, and I really do admire you and try to be more like you.

eclectic said...

Susie got here first and said almost exactly what I was thinking as I read your post.

None of us is as effective at anything -- especially parenting -- as consistently as we'd like to be. I think the proof that what you're doing is successful is in the wonderful kids you're raising. Is every moment bliss and perfection? Naaaah. But that's the human condition, not just you. Your kids maybe aren't perfect, and neither are anyone else's.

One of the most wonderful things anyone ever told me was this: "It's enough." I asked him what he meant, and he said, "You. You're enough. Really. You don't have to be more or do more or have more, because it's enough that you're who you are, doing what you can. That's all anyone must be, and it's certainly all anyone can do."

I've never forgotten it. And the older I get, the truer it seems.

Nance said...

hon, both my boys are older and out of the house, and i still feel like i can't "keep the house clean." feh. you have a bunch of littles. give yourself a break. as long as your carpets don't squish and you don't stick to wood or tile floors, you're doing FINE.

remember, when people are asked for their fondest memories, NO ONE says "my mom sure kept a pristinely clean house!"


Effie said...

hiya Hon--just thought you should know I think you're pretty wonderful (and I've started posting a bit again)! My parenting skills suck in my opinion, but so far, Katrina is a wonderful girl and I think Nadine will be too! Punkin, SweetPea and Buddy seem to be just lovely kids too!


Mama Zen said...

Did I write this? I don't remember writing this, but it sure sounds like me!

Bone Machine said...

An even keel is for the unimaginative.

apathy lounge said...

I can't be even-keeled either. I'm not even sure if I should have put a hypen between those two words. THAT'S how unsure I am.

kcinnova said...

I struggle with the very same stuff. Even worse, I'm a SAHM and my house isn't as clean as it could/should/oughta be. Hard to keep up the motivation when no one else seems to care.

You do MUCH, and you have happy kids! Really, that is what is important.

Circus Kelli said...

Susie - Thank you for that, love.

Eclectic - That's a really good reminder. Thank you.

Nance - Sometimes I forget how to let it go.

Effie - Thank you! :)

Mama Zen - Maybe I was channeling you...?

Bone - I could do with a little less imagination...

Apathy Lounge - Ha!

KC - True. Got cookies?

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