No. I’m not a control freak. Really, I’m not. It’s just that I love my jars to be in a straight line with all the labels facing the same way.
I also really love sparkling benches and polished floors. Oh and my shoes, perfectly lined up shoes are fab and my clothes, all set out and facing the same way is ideal.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. With two toddlers who love mess, dirt and mud fights (in the house) read on for the reality…
The perfectly lined up jars – (cue: lol) are instead perfectly hidden throughout the house, with a trail of sauce as the only clue.
The beautiful clean surfaces – are in fact beautifully covered with every single toy and plastic thing ever made on the planet.
And the perfectly lined shoes and clothes – are now unperfectly (a word?) perfect. Clothes are flung around and used for dressing up, and the shoes, oh my, the shoes. All I ask is for one…pair…of shoes. Although mismatched is totally in right now (note the pic above. Yes that was me, lol another story in itself).
So what I’m trying to say is that I have decided that it’s ok. Even though I love cleanliness and order (in a non control freakiness way :)), one of the greatest gifts the boys have given me is to just ‘roll with it’. Like Frozen says ‘Let it go!’
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not an animal. I 100% use discipline and don’t allow food to be flung around like a frisbee, but I have learnt to let it go. Messy loud play, it’s exhilarating if you get into it (I still clean up after :)) however, the best part about it is it usually ends up with everybody falling in a heap and having cuddles to unwind. Priceless.
So today, I solemnly promise to embrace moments, live loud, laugh a lot and be okay with mismatched shoes. I promise to love living life unperfectly perfect.
**Kristina Gowlland is a recognised children’s songwriter, author and children’s performer who works with child development and settling babies specialists to create products which are Paediatrician endorsed. Above all else, Kristina’s goal is to find new and innovative ways to engage with her own children, which will hopefully help others.