#5: How to relax and enjoy your children

desertToday’s installment of Search Terms of the Sad and Desperate, where I offer advice to visitors whose search terms hit my blog, tackles the thorny topic: “How to relax and enjoy your children.

Is this a question or a personal development program? If the latter, I should probably sign up.

Because even I, who am able to dispense completely unqualified advice on many topics, cannot answer this one. I’ve never actually done both things at once. I am able to relax on occasion, even with the children present, but to say that I am enjoying them in those moments might be going a little too far.

Why, you ask? Well, if I could ignore the multitude of dangers that lurk around every corner, pretend I’m not putting off a huge list of inevitable tasks to spend time with them, and navigate their constant squabbles I guess I might be able to relax.

I’ve never professed to be a fun mom. I make no apologies. Fun is not my natural state. For me, life is not a garden of earthly delights. It’s more like an overgrown plot of intriguing weeds. (And for my children I’ll add, “Sorry, grow where you are planted.”)

So I think I’ve met my match here. This question requires a professional relaxation consultant.

Read the series:

Anxiety dreams involving my kids 

How do I talk to my surly teen? 

I have only one child but laundry and housework never end

Life is not a competition


A disclaimer: While it perhaps shouldn’t need saying, let me remind you that I have no credentials, training or certifications of any kind that would qualify me to mete out advice to anyone. This is a humor blog. If you don’t find it funny, well, that’s another issue.

12 thoughts on “#5: How to relax and enjoy your children

  1. I have found it gets easier as they get older… I can go to the beach now with them and completely relax and just settle in…. no worries at all. Hiking is another one – walking along a trail in the Sequoias followed up with visiting a favorite throwback diner in the mountains and yes, recipe for fully relaxing, ridiculously fun and a lot of memories to take away.

    Maybe I should make up a personal development program along these lines! 🙂

    Love what you say here… we are in the same boat so much of the time!


    1. Thanks, Julie. Yes, I agree, it does get somewhat easier. My kids are pretty independent at the beach although it is more like me relaxing and enjoying myself without them since the big attraction at the beach is their friends.


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