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By Cheryl Bac

Let It Go

Uploaded: May 17, 2014

As parents, it's easy to get bogged down with the hassles of everyday life - the toys that stub your toe at night, the dishes that pile up in the sink, or the sticky handles on every cabinet in your home.

A couple of days ago I heard a parody of "Let It Go" that reminds us how sometimes we need to just let these everyday hassles go so we can be there for our children when they need us. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Over the past two years of parenthood, I've learned the importance of letting go of bread crumbs on our floor, sticky finger prints everywhere, and small cars mysteriously disappearing.

But more importantly, I've learned to let go of perfection. We take photos to document our son's growth even if they turn out blurry or show him in stained outfits with mismatching socks. We write down memories even if they are quickly scribbled rather than neatly printed. And we read countless bedtime stories even if we have no energy for creative voices or sound effects. Letting go of the perfect expectations allows us to enjoy the actual moments and memories.

What have you learned to let go of as a parent?

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