Taking the Time to Slow Down

Slow Down Reminder

In light of a recent tragedy that happened in my neighborhood this week, I discarded my previously scheduled post about unnecessary baby products {first world problems} to give us all a reminder today to take the time to slow down, be present in the moment, and enjoy each second we have with our kiddos.  A good reminder for anyone, but especially for moms.

I am so guilty of rushing through life to get to the ‘next thing.’  I caught myself thinking about what Halloween items I could go ahead and take down a week before Halloween just to give me extra time to plan my Christmas decorations.  If that is not rushing through life, I don’t know what is.  And I don’t know about you, but Pinterest is really giving me a complex about being a perfect parent.

We need to give ourselves a break.  The house doesn’t have to be spotless, the meals don’t have to be Pinterest-worthy, and your outfit doesn’t have to be out of Vogue.  ‘Super mom’ doesn’t exist.

So I’m challenging everyone this weekend {and this week} to slow down.

Leave that pile of laundry, put the iPhone down, go an extra day without washing your hair {dry shampoo works wonders} and soak in some extra snuggles with our most important task…our family.  And if it makes you feel better to check something off your ever-growing to-do list, then write at the top of it “Houston Moms Blog” as a reminder of this challenge.

I’m not in any way saying to drop all obligations and checkout from life {I’d lose my job!}, but to cherish the little moments that we do get.  I bet you can find a few hidden away in your crazy day.  Yesterday’s blog post by Bre is a perfect example of making time for special moments.  I pledge to get off my iPhone while nursing my son and instead focus solely on him.  I also pledge to quit worrying about buying the perfect Christmas gifts and having the best decorations on the block.

What can you do to slow down this week?


  1. Your words have been ringing through my ears all weekend long. It is amazing how difficult of a task this truly is…and I am working on it almost daily. Thanks for the encouragement!!

  2. How incredibly sad that happened in your neighborhood. I had heard about it on the news. Heartbreaking. The busy lifestyle really can really take a toll on us – we always think that the busier we are the better our lives are. But you’re right – taking time to slow down really reminds us of what’s important in life.


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