Something I continually struggle with as a mother is that I can't do it all. I can't
be the mom that takes the kids to the museum and the park and have a perfectly tidy and scrubbed house all the time. No matter how bad I want to have a perfect, almost gourmet, dinner on the table every night, I get one there maybe five percent of the time. I want to perfectly share my time with my two girls but I just can't master the "always perfect" trait no matter how hard I try. Over and over again, I have to remind myself that less is more and to take a step back, simplify a bit, then try again.
Before I was a mother, no matter how busy I was, it was a whole lot easier to get everything on my to-do list done. For quite a while, I had the hardest time understanding why it was so hard with a kid. I was working two jobs before being a stay-at-home mom for crying out loud! Slowly, I realized that when dealing with a living breathing human as your main task, things are a whole lot less predictable. Due to the less predictable nature of kids, you have to learn to roll with the punches and be open to a more simple daily schedule. The great thing about kids is that they often love simplicity even more than the extravagant! I have found that fact to be true with outings, activities, and toys. Don't get me wrong, we still love to go out and do super fun activities! But for a long time, I would beat myself up if we didn't go out to do something big and grand every day. Now our days playing at home all day are some of our best days! We also just added another baby to our family this August, so I am currently discovering how to entertain both a three-year-old and a three-month-old at the same time. Baby girl isn't just a sleeping and eating newborn anymore, and she certainly hates just being stuck in her car seat the whole time we are out and about. So I have started to carry toys for her!
Bannor Toys California State Rattle
Toys that accompany us need to be an all-in-one type of thing; less is more for me, remember? Just like Bannor Toys rattles! Small enough to grasp with little hands, a bit of color for the eyes, a bit of sound for the ears, and nice smooth edges finished naturally so that when it finds baby's mouth you don't have to worry! The Bannor rattles are of course also a go-to for at-home play sessions.
I really love that so many baby brands are creating products these days that fit the "less is more" mold. Whether it is a toy or a way of life, simple has become such a beautiful thing to me! I know twenty years down the road, I will cherish the simple days spent laying and playing on the floor all day just as much as any other times as a mother. And some days, we have to accept that the mess is the beauty of our current phase and be content with that! Cheers to you on your simple days, your extravagant days, and all the beauty of parenthood in between!
Written by: Alyssa Liston