Glennon Melton is a blogger who recently wrote a piece called “Don’t Carpe Diem” at the Huffington Post. The post is a reaction to comments from older women to young mothers like “”Oh, enjoy every moment. This time goes by so fast.” The writing is funny, honest, and realistic.
Being told, in a million different ways to CARPE DIEM makes me worry that if I’m not in a constant state of intense gratitude and ecstasy, I’m doing something wrong.
The piece resonated with me – and thousands of other people – because I have the same feelings of guilt whenever someone tells me to “enjoy every moment” while Seabass is tantruming on the cement floor at Trader Joe’s. To paraphrase the author, it’s tough to see a forest of love for the poopie-diaper trees when you’re just trying to make it through the day.
To be fair, I completely get what you older women are saying when you tell me that it goes by so fast. And I want to enjoy every moment – I really do! But enjoying every moment of parenting a willful toddler is a little like achieving world peace: Man, it sounds nice, but…how????
So that’s my question to you, beloved readers: How do you enjoy your little people even when things are hard? How do you make the most of your parenting experience?