SO many great ideas, thoughts, and words of support (thank you, as always!) in yesterday’s comments.
I definitely agree that some of my ‘complaints’ stem from unrealistic expectations vs reality, often fueled by comparison (other people’s book lists, calm and zen-sounding bedtime routines, etc). This is something to continue working on, yet I think there are useful nuggets I can apply directly to my own situation as well.
Things to try, reading-related:
Better use of the library
Check out some ‘fun’ book lists (like this one recommended — ooh I spy one of Laura‘s titles in there, plus Cheaper By The Dozen which I read approximately 2983753 times as a kid/tween and What Alice Forgot, my favorite Liane Moriarty. So it’s got to be a legit list!)
ABANDON more books. I have to start doing this more. It absolutely goes against my nature. But I should try it anyway.
Not caring so much if it’s an off year/season/whatever for reading!
Things to try, bedtime-related:
Blackout shades (YES)
Bribery/rewards (have had mixed success with this, but also YES)
Different audio solutions (kids’ podcasts, audiobooks, etc). We have been using Headspace Sleep Stories (the kids’ Sesame Street ones) for Genevieve. Sometimes they work. She does like them.
More acceptance and realization that this might be a season . . .
Hiring/consulting experts — this was interesting timing because Dr. Becky’s paid parenting network subscription just opened up; I am considering giving it a try (though I was also considering Denaye’s Network — in part just to see how these network things work as it was something I was considering for BLP!).
Today is a bit of a catch-my-breath day (YES) and then the virtual conference begins this afternoon. I am, of course, EXCITED FOR A NEW MONTH!
(I am contemplating breaking into a different planner that I have laying around just for the thrill and mindset shift. BUT WHICH ONE is the question . . .)
I will end with more Floridian splendor: