Could be said “Family Rules” or “Family RULES!”
I love my family. We’ve recently been put through the wringer with moving, new jobs, Brian’s health, temporary living situations, and buying a house DRAMA. I’m trying to keep a happy face, but after three months of living in transition, it’s become hard. My job as a Mom is to be the backbone of the family. It’s to keep the kids happy and loved so they don’t feel the chaos that’s happening behind closed doors. I also have to work, keep house, play, cook, entertain, chauffeur, and on…and on. I saw my attitude sinking away, feeling unappreciated, overworked, but knowing that it was all we could do.
Yesterday, I reached the tipping point. It was just more than I could handle.
I broke down and cried.
I hate crying. I feel weak and out of control. And, I was.
My sweet Kaylin became immediately concerned and asked what was wrong and I just couldn’t speak. She was feeling the chaos, something I try so hard to protect her from and it just made me feel worse. I drove to the park just to stop and breathe.
Kaylin said “Mom, can we go run in the grass?”
Here I am stressed about being the best parent, buying the best house, being the perfect wife and all my kids want to do is RUN IN THE GRASS!
I wiped my tears and said “YES, let’s go run in the grass!”
I let the kids run and play and just stopped to be in the moment.
Moments that I’ve been physically present in, but mentally absent.
We played, we laughed, we ran and I felt myself regaining control.
I came home with the kids and we just played, silly playing, laughing, and loving. We sat down and decided to write our Family Rules to remind ourselves (MYSELF) what’s really important.
I grabbed the only marker I could find, literally the only marker we have in the house and Kaylin, Braden, and I wrote our family rules. No re purposed scraps of wood, no fancy Cricut cut vinyl letters, no paint, no glitter (Shocking, I know), just some good old fashioned paper, marker, and some tape to hang it up.
Here are OUR Family Rules. I wholeheartedly encourage you to do the same to remind yourself that HUGS, KISSES, and ICE CREAM are really what life is ALL about!