April was a stressful month with my husband hurting his foot and then back, my daughter getting sick, my son throwing violent tantrums, and my dogs nearly tearing each other apart. I got bit during that last incident and now my best friend owns a 10 year old shiba. The dogs love people, but the two boys started fighting more and more this past year and I’ve come to find out, shiba inus fit best in households where the other canines are the opposite sex. At least it was a positive outcome for a not-so-great situation.
My son’s tantrums, however, aren’t as simple to deal with. To try to tackle this, I’ve invested in Positive Parenting Solutions and made changes to the home environment. I can’t control my son or how he reacts, so I’m controlling what I can: my work schedule, my routine, and how I divvy up family contributions.
With all the stresses of April, my writing life has been shoved to the back burner. I’ve managed to do a few changes to Isto, but I’m nowhere near done. I deviated into art for the sake of my sanity. Drawing doesn’t require a lot of concentration from me, so I can do it while hanging out with family. I even played around with Facebook’s 3D photo technology. If you’re on a computer, you might be able to see the effects in this picture by moving the mouse around.
Since it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group day, you might wonder “is your lack of progress the cause of your insecurity?” Well, I don’t have a lot of insecurity at the moment. What I have is exhaustion and acceptance that my writing just isn’t as important as my kids. Mother comes before the Writer in my tagline for a reason. So I suppose that’s a reason to celebrate, despite my lack of progress.
Ever hear of/try out Positive Parenting Solutions? Does family life have a way of overtaking your writing life like it has mine? Have you ever used Facebook’s 3D photo technology?