There is something about modern life that seems to inspire the Complaint Olympics. Work is crazy, the kids are naughty, I didn't get enough sleep… and so forth. It's getting to the point that, over at Motherlode, someone posted a comment asking for a discussion about why parents complain so much. KJ responded with a thread called "Hey, Whiny Modern Parents, Tell Us What You Love About The Gig."
Because there is much to love. And life is pretty good. Most of us are doing very well by the standards of humanity now, and all of human history. Even if some hours are trying, we can choose what to see and remember. I have been feeling a wee bit of work stress lately, and last night I was trying to finish some things as my kids were "playing" — which sounded a lot like fighting to me. Then all three wanted various things simultaneously, and I can't meet all their needs simultaneously. There are three of them! But then we all wound up outside in the rain, where they invented this game of making a house with three umbrellas and letting the rain pour off the garage roof on them. It only worked because there are three of them, and they are similar in size. They had a blast getting soaked and playing with each other. I love to see them becoming friends, and dreaming up things to do together than I never would have come up with on my own.
I'd love to do a version of KJ's thread here. What do you love about your life right now?
In other news: Emma over at Wealthy Single Mommy has been mocking modern whining with a series called First World Fridays.
Farnoush Torabi's new book, When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women, is out this week.
Twitter heated up with the hash tag #WeNeedDiverseBooks yesterday. Children's literature is still a fairly white place where the minority kids exist to teach other children lessons. I enjoyed seeing the tweets on that one.
I'm at Fast Company writing about 7 Ways to Knock an Hour Off Your Workday.