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  1. You change bedsheets??? Well, in my world, you’re perfect. 🙂 I love this post! Imperfection is what makes life beautiful. If we were all glossy robots….well, pretty boring stuff. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Teaching Mama says:

      HAHA! You crack me up, Kristin! Yes, we do change bedsheets every once in a while 🙂 Yes, you are right–life would be boring with we were perfect! Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well!

  2. Your post made me smile. Isn’t it funny how we sometimes envy other people and their lives? I used to do the same until I remembered to keep in mind that their blogs only reflect a part of their life; the one they choose to show me….Perfection is relative anyway. For example, I know my husband is not perfect but he’s perfect to me and for me. Real perfection would be so boring anyway! LOL
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Yes, it is so funny that we envy other people. And you are so right…most bloggers show the best parts of their lives on their blogs and it’s just a snippet of what’s going on. Great thoughts, Valerie. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Those first 4 describe me so well! The fifth one I don’t actually count as an imperfection…I see it as a sign of what a good mom you are! Those are the moments your kids will remember.
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      You are so sweet. I guess you’re right–it’s not really an imperfection. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not super rigid with rules! 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Sharla!

  4. I love this post — it’s great to see the best of people, but also to know that we are all moms — so we all know the birthing, the diapers, the whining, the cold food, the spit up, the “I want me time”, etc, etc. Thanks for being real 🙂
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Thank you, Amy! Yes you are right- all moms experience all those lovely things. And you are welcome..I love being real with my readers. Thanks for your comment!

    1. Teaching Mama says:

      You’re welcome! I loved reading your post today, Michelle.

  5. Jamie {See Jamie Blog} says:

    Ah, #1 and #2 on your list are HUGE for me, too. We’ve recently added a 4 & 5yo to our family, and it is NOT quiet and there are very FEW sanity breaks. Which leads sometimes to #3. {sigh}
    But we’ll get there!
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Glad to hear I’m not alone, Jamie! Wow, I’m sure you’ve had quite the adjustment. Hope you’ll find a routine that works for your family soon! 🙂

    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Yay for jumping on beds!! 🙂 I always thought I would be the mom that wouldn’t let their kids jump on the bed, but I have changed. They love it and we don’t do it all the time 🙂 Thanks for your sweet words. 🙂

  6. I definitely am with you, especially #1 and #2! I MUST have a break in the afternoon or I have such a hard time functioning. New babies throw a wrench into my plan, but here’s what I’ve done with my first three kids after they finished napping:

    1) At about 2 1/2 they’ve all put up a fight at naptime. They still have to go in their cribs. They cry and fuss a lot.

    2) They still nap sporadically, and in a few weeks (or months) they all readjust to sleeping almost every afternoon – an hour or more.

    3) Somewhere around age 3, when it’s obvious they are not going to nap anymore (or they do nap but then aren’t tired at night), we transition to quiet time in their bedrooms: boxes of books and toys. They are usually good at this for about 45 minutes. Then they are allowed to go to the playroom, with the understanding that it’s still quiet time a bit longer.

    4) Around age 4, they transition to having quiet time in a part of the house, knowing they can come get me if needed, but also that this is their time to play alone or with a sibling. It’s 80 minutes long, and it’s great!

    It’s not perfect. Some days quiet time is more quiet than others. It takes some teaching time in the beginning. But it’s really worked for me!
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Hi Anna! Great advice. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who needs a break in the afternoon!! I have my oldest rest from 1-3ish with listening to stories on tape or music. If he falls asleep that’s great, but if he doesn’t then he gets up. If he falls asleep, he sleeps so heavily that it’s hard to wake him up! Oh well! We’re getting better at our routine. Thanks again for sharing what works for you! I don’t know how you do with with 4 little ones!

  7. Kristen @ TeachingStars says:

    I could easily attribute all 4 of your listed imperfections and apply them to myself. It’s so nice to know we’re not alone. Although one of my glaring imperfections is my habitual use of the computer (social media, blogging, catching up on emails) and sadly, I find myself shushing my girls when they interuppt me. Every night I tell myself to unplug at least for a majority of the girl’s “up” time but here I am already…. catching up on some blog reading.

    Now that I just busted myself- I’m going to power off and play with my kids. Thanks for your post.
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    1. Teaching Mama says:

      Thanks Kristen for sharing your thoughts! Yes, I am guilty of spending too much time on the computer/phone with my kids around. It’s very tempting to check email or respond to a message. Definitely something I need to work on, too! I enjoyed reading your post today, too! Being a mom + homeschoolling is hard work!! Thanks for being so real and honest on your blog today!!

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