Enjoy As Many Moments As Possible

by Becki D on February 1, 2012

Helloooo Internet Wanderers!

This has nothing to do with baked goods, but never fear: I’ve been baking away and will post lots of pretty cake pictures soon.

I’ve read several blog posts and Facebook statuses lately regarding the widely spread advice being given by the baby boomer generation to those of us currently entrenched in the early stages of motherhood: “Enjoy every minute!”

Most of what I’ve read lately speaks to how that (and similar) advice tends to put more guilty feelings on those of us who do have young children and are sometimes struggling to survive with our sanity and at least some of our furniture intact and are definitely NOT enjoying EVERY MINUTE.  I have been that frazzled Mom, wallowing in guilt and wondering what I’m doing wrong.

But that’s not really what I want to write about.  In most cases, I don’t think the advice-giver is trying to heap guilt or even say that they themselves ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE.  I think that what they are trying to do is remind us frazzled Moms that this time does go by quickly, it doesn’t last forever, and there are a lot of precious moments scattered in with all of the chaos and frustration.  Cling to those moments and try to focus on them, rather than on the negative.  I hope that’s what the advisors are trying to say, and that’s how I take the advice.

So, if you’re one who spreads the ENJOY EVERY MINUTE sunshine, keep on keepin’ on.  But if you want to throw in a few stories of times where things didn’t go so smoothly, but you could laugh about it later, do so.  We frazzled Mommies enjoy those stories.  They are comforting.  They give us hope.  They let us know we’re not alone in our “imperfect” parenting.

And they’re funny.

My two cents have been given!


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie February 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

well said Becki! I agree.


Kathryn February 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Oh my gosh, love the blue mouth! 🙂 I think that the “enjoy every minute” is important for everybody, even us ladies with no kiddos at home. But I totally agree that it is nearly impossible to enjoy every minute of anything, whether it’s being a mom or just living life. But if you can laugh about those not so great minutes afterwards, that’s all that matters.

P.S. Thanks for the marathon of blog comments and for entering my giveaway!


Laura Finney February 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Becki, all I have to say is “Googly Eye!” That moment was “what did I get get myself into” and “this is going to be an amazing ride” with a heaping spoonful of “laugh and shake my head”. She just turned 8 on the 4th. To say that time flies and to cherish these moments while you have them are gross understatements. Grab on with both hands and don’t let go! 🙂


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