This is a picture of what a parenting high five moment looks like. There are times as a parent that I literally give myself mental high fives so visceral that I can almost feel them. Those times when it feels like there are a million and one things going on, but some how I manage to keep everything moving and not drop any balls. Other times it’s during those really testing parenting moments that I somehow manage to get through. You know the ones I mean. Here are the ones that stand out for me. Recognise any of these?
1. When I’m not the last parent to pick their child up from nursery. As a parent that is often one of the last to pick up their child each evening, I cant help but fist pump the air a little when I see at least two little backpacks still hanging outside the classroom door.
2. When I’m able to get us all out of the house on time with us all presentable and with all the particulars that we need for that day. So much harder than it sounds!
3. When not only do I remember that it’s a charity/bake/dress up/certain type of activity day at nursery, but the little lady is also suitably prepared and has the right donation, outfit or materials required.
4. When I remember that it’s a staff training day and I’m actually there to pick up the little lady at the appointed earlier time, rather than turning up at the usual time to find her partaking in the staff training session. ahem (it’s happened once).
5. When I manage to successfully distract the little lady from something I’d rather she didnt have (chocolate, crisps, the usual unsavory but highly child loving culprits) or from the tantrum or meltdown she is about to have.
6. When im sick, but still manage to work, look after the little lady and keep things moving in the house, compared to the husband who was bedridden for two days when he had “man flu” last month. I know. Practically superwoman right.
7. Where we’re out and about and need something completely unexpectedly like a plaster or the little ladys cutlery and I happen to have it, making me feel like a totally organised and prepared mum. It doesnt happen that often, but its great when it does.
8. The final one is a bit of an odd one, but I’ve noticed lately that I have some kind of parenting intuition thing going on, and when I listen to it and grab or do the thing that its telling me to do I have often needed and used it later. Kind of strange, but pretty amazing when it happens!
Do you do the same thing – high five or give yourself a pat on the back from time to time? What are your parenting high five moments?