Don't lose any more of those moments. Starting now, make the time and take the time to write things down: what you feel, what the kids do, stuff you're trying to process… all of it. It's not hard to start writing, but it can feel hard to keep at it until it's a habit.
No matter where you go, keep a pen and paper handy to jot down things as you think of them: funny things the kids say, absurd signage you see in the community or the gorgeous red of the Japanese maple tree on the town green. In your purse, in the car, in the kitchen, by the bed -- everywhere. Write it down before you forget! It's those seemingly unconnected moments that add the real richness to life and make it more than just eating, sleeping and breathing.
You can use the computer to write down the snippets -- or organize the snippets into longer writings. You can keep the writings for yourself, or share them with the wider world. Blogs can be as public as you want them to be -- or if you just want to share a few things with select close friends, you can password protect them, too. And if you don't want to share? Password protect your files from prying eyes if it's on the family computer. Don't forget regular system backups!
Writing is a terrific way of processing your emotions -- the wonderful ones and the not so wonderful ones. When you are struggling to deal with a parenting situation, the simple act of writing it out can help you see a path through the issue or even a solution. And continuing to write through the challenge can help you see the progress you have made. So don't just write the good stuff -- write all the stuff.
Put writing on your to-do list. Set aside daily time, whether it's five minutes or fifteen, to get some words down. It doesn't have to be perfect or organized, it just has to be written. Like many things, writing takes practice, and the more regular practice you do, the easier the writing will be and the better it will feel.
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