Life as a mother of five kids (especially now that they are school aged) is a constant game of balancing. I have to balance my work, the kids’ school work, their after school activities, church obligations, music practice, etc. Sometimes it seems like there is never any time left over to just enjoy each other.
This summer my family and I went on quite the adventurous excursion. In twelve days, we drove 4,000 miles to the Wild Wild West to visit Yellowstone National Park and back home. We made lots of stops along the way to see grandparents, sisters in two states and a newborn niece. We had an all nighter stomach bug, a stolen phone and it’s happy retrieval, as well as several other mishaps along the way. To say we were happy to sleep in our own bed when we finally got home is an understatement.
My kids are nine and eleven years old and it’s sad to say, but we had not spent that kind of time together since our last vacation. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve had that much fun together before. We took our relationships with each other to a whole new level. We realized that we were all very much alike and by golly we even all like each other.
Now it’s back to reality with soccer practices, school, homework and well you know the drill. It makes me want to hyperventilate just thinking about it. How do we keep all of the plates spinning and stay bonded at the same time?
How do you stay bonded with your children?