On Saturday I had the privilege of watching a friend’s 3-month-old for about 7 hours.  It took me back to the good ‘ole days of burp rags, diaper changes, and very little time for myself. 

I agreed to babysit with two days notice…enough time for me to do one thing: lower my expectations. 

When there’s a little one in your life—whether permanently or temporarily—one has to lower the expectations or one will find herself very frustrated. 

Nearly every time I speak somewhere a weary mom will come up and ask me how in the world I’ve written seven books with five kids.  And my answer is I DIDN’T WRITE MY FIRST BOOK UNTIL MY YOUNGEST WAS IN SCHOOL.  There’s no way I could have ever written a book with a preschooler on my knee.That would have been an impossible expectation and would have resulted in a high level of frustration for me and my family.

So this past Saturday I planned to accomplish only one thing: take care of this little one.  I managed to empty the dishwasher on one of her 15 minute naps and I folded a load of laundry on her second 15 minute nap—but then I felt like superwoman because I EXCEEDED my expectations! 

If you’re in the season of little ones, do yourself a favor and lower your expectations.  Determine that the one thing you will accomplish is to care for your little one. 

I’m sure you’ll get one or two things done beyond that…and then you’ll exceed your expectations and really feel like it’s been a successful day!

What about you?  Have you found it helpful to lower your expectations?  How have you practically done that?

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