I always considered being a type “A” personality a blessing. In the corporate world, I was always on top of my deadlines and able to finish projects quickly. I always kept a tidy home and loved to work out and be as neat and well kept as possible. I found pride in how organized I was. When I became a mom, I tried to keep a schedule and manage a tidy home, but then motherhood happened. You see becoming a mom is one thing… but once motherhood sets in and your baby becomes a toddler, that my friends is when it gets real. This “Type A” personality that I once took pride in has become somewhat of a power struggle. I am a mom of two toddler girls. I have a strong willed four year old and an almost two year old. Both girls keep me on my toes. I find myself exhausted at the end of the day from cleaning up mess after mess. You see, I had to find a balance in my head, a new way to think so to speak. I wanted my girls to enjoy life, childhood, making messes… but I also need to have things clean. I teach them to pick up after themselves and my husband has learned to let me clean at the end of the night. It is just my thing. I take a few minutes to tidy up the living room, pick up the play room, and clean the kitchen before bed time. It is my way of making sense of the chaos. I let my oldest daughter cook and make messes like you wouldn’t believe. She even cracks her own eggs!!! But we clean up after together and it is all OK! I have learned to control my anxiety and love parenting more! They are only little for a small amount of time… and finding the joy in the messes is what it is all about!