I must clarify that while I'm about to divulge several "real" things, most of them I'm currently working on. I think there is a big difference in being "real" and being negligent.
I'm guilty of:
- yelling at my children, sometimes several times a day.
- being easily distracted and not following a schedule most days.
- not "finishing" a curriculum in a couple of years - just keep plodding forward.
- not cleaning my bathroom sink in a while.
- absolutely abhoring the out of doors in the summer, so we stay inside and watch lots of movies. We'll have a pool this summer, so maybe it will be better?
- spending too much money impulsively and then regretting it.
- eating too much and exercising too little.
- not having a quiet time everyday.
- staying up too late for the simple fact that I'm indulging myself (tv, computer, or reading) and always saying that I'll do better and I never do for longer than a few days.
- not making matching outfits for my children, although most of the time they are in clean clothes even if they have to get them out of the basket.
- because of my lack of winning my children's hearts to myself, for nagging, for being inconsistent, and for not caring at times, I am dealing with some rebellion problems in my older children.
- Because of switching curriculums so much, my 13 yo is still working on fractions. And even "realer" - I'm okay with that.
- My 10 yo complains everytime she has to do the dishes (3x per day for the last 6 months). THIS IS ABOUT TO STOP - REALLY!
- My 5 yo still drinks milk at night, in a sippy cup, in his bed, right before going to sleep.
- My 3 yo whines A LOT about various things and runs around the house in his underwear.
- My 1 yo is still nursing almost exclusively and although I'm probably supposed to be okay with that, I'm not. I really wish he would eat solids, get down to 2-3 nursings per day and sleep through the night. I'm just not willing to let him cry it out at this point.
- And although you were probably hoping to see something here about how "real" my hubby is, the fact is that I see my own sins so much more than I see his, that it's hard to pick out his "faults" - now! About 6-7 years ago, that was not the case.
So, are you willing to "get real" with me. Remember - in order for you to be considered getting "really real", your "about me" list must be much longer than your children's. Getting real is about admitting where you fall short, not about where your children and husband fall short. We say it to our children everyday - you aren't responsible for what they do, you are only responsible for how you choose to respond.
And now, I think I've been very real and I'll try to sandwich this in to some other good posts, so it's not just "hanging out there"! LOL