I need this tip as much as anyone else out there. Parenting is just plain hard. I didn’t get into blogging because I had everything figured out. I want you to know that I am far from perfect in this arena. I am far from perfect in a lot of arenas. I got into the blog because I am passionate about this job no matter how much I fail. I want to grow and improve. I want to encourage others the way I’ve been encouraged in this journey. Perhaps you are a lot less selfish than me, and the transition to kids was easier for you. I have struggled to give up my “me time.” I have struggled with patience. I have struggled with the constant spills. I have been challenged with the idea that, “Cleaning the house while kids are growing is like shoveling snow while it’s still snowing.” The constant training is hard. Oh wow – I’m writing a post about not complaining, and I’m complaining. Oh, the irony. I didn’t even grasp it until that moment. I guess the point is that this is hard. However, choosing joy is an option during this time. The blog, for me, has been an attempt to not just survive this time but to learn to enjoy it. The toddling stage has challenged me, but it’s made me grow so much. It is changing me, and I would hope for the better, so why should I complain about that? Complaining only makes us have feel more miserable about our situation and has no productive end. It makes us miserable and the people around us miserable.