We recently had our second baby. A beautiful little girl who is making our life richer in love and chaos. The day we brought her home, was the day my toddler Cayden all of the sudden became a "big boy" as opposed to "my little baby." Anyone else have that experience?
With the transition, I also became more aware of the ways in which I allowed myself to fight the same battles with Cayden every single day. It reminded me of the 90s movie Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray. The same drawers got dumped, the same cabinets put into disorder. Once we brought Lena Rae home, I didn't have the patience to do the same thing over and over.
It didn't take much to take out a few of my ’groundhogs.’ My husband installed more child locks to cabinets and drawers which made a big difference. The process of removing these daily burdens taught me a bigger life lesson. I started contemplating other areas in my life where I continue fighting the same battles over and over, not realizing it would only take a small change to stop the groundhog experience. I wanted to share that with you, because I can imagine I am not the only one needing to kill a few groundhogs.
Repetitive patterns could be the destructive conversational cycles you have with people you are close to. Other areas to consider could be: unhealthy eating habits, wasting time with pointless activities, not sleeping enough and then drinking more caffeine, you get the idea. Here are a few ways to kill your groundhogs: