If I try and squeeze it all in and hold it all together, it shows. I snap at my family. I miss out on much-needed sleep because my brain buzzes with my to-do list. I miss so many moments because I'm obsessing and worrying about everything I'm not doing. Saying no to opportunities that don't serve me helps. Yoga helps. Meditation helps. Writing helps.
I don't want my children to feel the anxiety I feel, and that I see all around me. I don't want them to frantically research and read and look outside of themselves to determine what is right from wrong. I want them to be inspired by our family, and feel that they have inherited traditions, values, and wisdom that they can trust.
When I saw a Facebook post about a new Bravo show called Extreme Guide to Parenting, I felt compelled to find out more. You might think that aromatherapy is no substitute for Ritalin, or that there is no way a teeny-tiny infant can communicate her need to go potty, but these parents have their own creeds.
We make sure you eat your vegetables and cross our fingers that you will sleep through the night. We encourage you to say "please" and share your toys. These are important lessons, but you will soon learn that our hopes for you are much bigger than the day to day tasks that take up so much of our times as parents.