Do you ever you get so caught up in the schedules, and stresses, and disciplining of motherhood that you feel like you’ve completely lost your fun side? It is never too late to find your fun side again, and making it a part of your mothering will improve your mood and your relationship with your kids. It still there inside. It just may have gotten buried by a few too many loads of laundry or dishes.
Some of my best moments as a mother are when, instead of letting the frustrating moments of motherhood turn me into an ornery old lady, I decide to laugh and be goofy with my kids to diffuse the stress of the situation. When I parent from my creative, fun side, I always go to bed a happy momma. One night, for example, our kids were fighting with each other and my husband and I looked at each other and started singing a duet of “This Is the Night” from Lady and the Tramp at the top of our lungs in our best Italian accents. They were so caught off guard by our little outburst that it ended theirs. 🙂
I don’t want to look back on my child raising years (which are going by way too fast) and just remember being stressed and angry and frustrated with these delightful, though often difficult, children I’ve been blessed with. I want to enjoy them now- in the moment… but it is hard to stay focused on that when things get rough.
So, when the stresses of motherhood get us all up in frenzy, I’m hoping this little video will help us remember we just gotta “shake it off” and enjoy the amazing experience that is raising children! Here is my version of Taylor’s Swifts “Shake It Off”- a Mommy Style Remix, if you will.
A special thanks to my brother, Shayne Taylor, for recording and editing the music, and Michael Gibbons for mixing it for us.
Also, a special thanks to my sister Karissa Hardman for providing the lovely lead vocals, and my sister Jana Wangsgard for her filming skills and letting us use her home for our set.
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