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?

8 COMMENTS

  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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