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Not at all Wordless Tuesday: Happy Solstice

little girl and her gingerbread house
gingerbread house
mantle decorated for winter

You guys, I have to admit I’ve been feeling totally whomped by Christmas this year. It’s not that I’m behind or unprepared: the knitted gifts have all their ends sewn in and are blocking as I type, the purchased gifts are bought and hidden away, the food is mostly shopped for and the decorations are up. I’ve just been feeling totally sapped by the lack of light, outdoor activity and warmth. I’m coming up against parenting challenges that I don’t really know how to handle. I’m not getting a whole lot of down time. I’ve been tired, cranky and miserable.

So I’m taking it easy from now on. I’m going to take what I’ve already prepared for this holiday and relax and enjoy myself. I’m going to look for the sincere, gentle child instead of being short with the shouting, bossy one. I’m taking steps to put my life in balance (in my case, this currently involves night weaning) so that I can welcome the new year as a happy, healthy mama.

I hope you are being easy on yourself this holiday season too. It’s so easy for parenting to feel like driving a bumper car with a broken steering wheel over the holidays – take one child seriously hopped up on sugar and add a few adults who are stressed out and the result is one wild ride. I’m hoping that by reducing my stress I can smooth things out at least a little. I don’t know how to avoid the issue of sweets though.

Anyway, all the best to you, dear readers. I wish you all a magical Christmas and I’ll be back here in a week or so. The darkest day is past, and the light is on her way back. Here comes the sun…

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  • Rachael December 22, 2010, 8:52 am

    And all the best to you, Michelle! We’ve made it! The darkest night has passed!

    • michelle December 23, 2010, 12:14 pm

      Thanks Rachael! Things are looking up already. :)

  • Leah December 24, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Happy holidays from our family to yours!!! I have had a week of major parenting challenges too – hoping we are not entering a ‘stage’ and that this is just a bit of illness making my normally happy child become so screamy. Wishing you lots of happiness, patience, and fun in the new year!

    • michelle December 31, 2010, 4:37 pm

      Thanks Leah! All kids go through a “stage” at some point, I think. Best wishes for your family in 2011. :)