By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Sometimes it's important to step back and take in the everyday moments of parenthood. The routines that seem to repeat themselves over and over and over again until one day our kids move on and these daily activities are replaced with new ones.
We parents usually take videos when our kids do something extraordinary. It's easy to forget to document the things they do day in and day out. And even when you want to, it's not always easy to capture these routines.
Recently a mother attempted to do just that. She took a time-lapse video
of a day in her life parenting three kids under the age of five. It is an adorable video filled with train tracks, backwards crawling, and vacuuming.
It was wonderful to be invited into this family's life and to see something so personal. If our family made a video it would probably look quite different from hers. If taken this week it might have included a trip to the zoo, an afternoon playing with cousins, an outing to the movies, fun outside with water and bubbles, or a call to grandparents, along with of course, our family's everyday routines. But I hope it would similarly have shown parents spending lots of quality time with their kids.
How do you celebrate the daily life of parenthood?