Quote of the Day
"The French view is really one of balance, I think. ... What French women would tell me over and over is, it's very important that no part of your life — not being a mom, not being a worker, not being a wife — overwhelms the other part," Perhaps it is because I was raised this way (even though I'm American), or maybe it's because my husband is European, but this is the philosophy we tend to use in raising our son. We try not to be too anal about things, such as Miles' schedule. If we're out at a park or out to lunch having a great time, we don't feel the need to cut the day short to rush home for a nap. As long as he naps sometime between 11 and 3, thats all that matters. Babies are amazingly adaptive and resilient, and I think as parents, sometimes we forget that. Maybe having a flexible nap schedule isn't right for you and your kid(s), but we all have areas where we can perhaps loosen the reigns to allow for a more balanced life. I think it''s important to have fun with your kids while making them a part of your life and not jumping through hurdles to make their life "easier," if that just means more needless stress for you.
I remember during a trip to Cannes, France before we had Miles, my husband and I sat watching as families with young children walked along the promenade at 9 PM. The children were self content while the parents looked relaxed, happy, and of course stylish. We realized that this was exactly how we wanted our family life to look. We don't always succeed, but we definitely try. I think because of this, Miles is basically our little buddy. He tags along happily wherever we go (and I'm not just talking about to zoos and parks) and I wouldn't have it any other way.