52:34 | Motherhood is: Chaos |
Am I alone in having a picture as terrifying as this? Does anyone else’s living room resemble half of this at the end of a day? Yikes!
I don’t know if this is a phase, or what, but this is how Sophie “plays” lately. She pulls everything she basically owns, out, and scatters it throughout the house. I can get her to help me clean up, that much we’ve accomplished, but once it’s in its designated spot…she’s at it again.
I mentioned before the book, Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne. I think this guy knows what’s going on (and perhaps has seen through my living room window at the chaos that is “Sophie playing”). I’ve taken his advice to heart, and have consciously put away a lot of Soph’s toys. Last birthday, I requested no gifts…and still? This is happening, every day. We’ve just got too much stuff.
I think it’s time to get hard-core. Time to leave maybe 5 or 6 things out, and see what happens. Maybe she’ll actually play with her things, and enjoy them more? I want to encourage creativity & playing… so I don’t want it to be too restricted, but this “display toys all over the house” thing is rather hard to live amongst. I’m beginning to understand why people have play rooms….hmm…