Get Out There, Mama!

When I first started this blog, I made a list of about fifty different things I wanted to eventually blog about. The number of times I have referred to that list is close to zero. Why might you be thinking? Because life suddenly happens, and I get inspired from my experiences. Besides, do you really want to know about Elimination Communication and how I put my 10-month-old on the potty whenever she’s pooping?? Nah, I didn’t think so (really though, I’m going to tell you about that very soon)…my point is, is that life happens all the time.
I run into other Mamas all the time who are very serious about keeping their babes on a schedule. After all, isn’t consistency and order what kiddos thrive on?? Yes- and no. I believe in  keeping your kiddo on a schedule- to a certain extent. For example, Stella takes two two-hour naps in a typical day. If I were to schedule myself to be at home for those same times every day, I would go nowhere and get nothing done. Well, my house might be spotless, but who cares about that…
So what if we aren’t at home? Well, she is usually staying occupied, or we are in the car, and she will fall asleep in her car seat. I may also bring my Pak ‘N Play if we are going to a friend’s for dinner or something. Just because she is in bed by 8:00 doesn’t mean that that’s my curfew too does it (seriously, does it??)? If I know her sleep schedule is going to be thrown off, I won’t test the limits. I’ll have her favorite chewy toys, and I’ll make sure she is fed and changed, and can have no other serious complaints. If we get home too late for a second nap, I put her to bed a little earlier than normal. This works for her. She is adaptable because this is how it was from day one.
While sometimes my Mama instinct is to naturally feel guilty about waking her up from a nap to go somewhere or whenever I seem to be ‘depriving’ her of sleep, I think back to what a good friend told me: “Life is full of adversity and interruption. The sooner we relay this message to them, the better off they will be.” How true is this?! See, I am not the only one who thinks like this!
So I have to put the save-my-own-butt clause in here:  I am not saying that schedules or naps are bad or that you’re a bad parent if you adhere to one. All I mean is that it doesn’t hurt to be flexible, and in fact, it’s a good thing for them to experience. If they wait for adulthood to learn that we are not in control of life, and that interruption is inevitable, they will certainly struggle.
Flexibility is a must in life. Take a cue from some of the most successful corporations of the world. They attribute their success to constantly remaining flexible and be willing to recognize and anticipate change. You could be raising the next Donald Trump (is that a good thing? You’re Fired!)!
Don’t underestimate the power of taking that Pak N’ Play and going to watch the game at your neighbors, after all how many of us registered for one, and how many of us actually use that thing??
Get out there and shake up your routine a little bit, you may surprise yourself and actually have some fun! Besides, the blog is Chic Traveling Mama, and so are you!

About Rana Mancini Cavanaugh

Rana is a Chic Mama dedicated to helping other Mama's live a fuller, happier, healthier life through this blog. She is proud to announce she just finished an eBook on how to travel with kids and is finishing up her first novel. She is a happy wife to her sweetheart since the fourth grade and Mama to a lovely little girl. Happy Travels! xo

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