Michael Ling DDS - December 2019

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DEC 2019

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We’re All Doing Our Best

I have a secret to admit: As a mom of five, I still sometimes don’t know what I’m doing. And I know many other

chaotic — home. Some days are better than others, but like every family, we have our pros and cons. I’ve learned that independence is the secret to raising a big family. With our youngest still in the baby stages, I’ve had to teach my 2-year-old toddler more independence than other toddlers. She knows how to dress herself, and she understands that, in order to get what she needs, she has to be more verbal. Our 10- and 9-year-olds understand that we also need them to be more independent. They know how to get ready for school, prepare

moms feel the same way.

Social media has heightened the degree of “mom guilt” many mothers feel about their parenting. Instagram and Facebook feature images of perfect families, including moms and kids in matching outfits, living tantrum-free and healthy.

sandwiches, find snacks, and get ready for their after-school activities. They also help with our younger children, too. And of course, I’ve learned a few tricks over the past decade of motherhood. In 2019, I learned to start laying out clothes and shoes for the following day instead of running around in the morning. In the winter, I know I should have the boots, coats, and hats lined up waiting by the door so it’s not a mad dash when we leave. Yet, no matter how hard I prepare or plan, there’s bound to be mishaps or issues. We may start the month with our meals planned out and perfect outfits ready to

“The truth is that many of us are wearing a mask and don’t fully know what we’re actually doing. Even as we raise our fifth baby, my husband and I are still kind of winging it.”

(All moms are collectively laughing at that thought.)

The truth is that many of us are wearing a mask and don’t fully know what we’re actually doing. Even as we raise our fifth baby, my husband and I are still kind of winging it. But after growing up in a big family, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sometimes, when it’s just my husband and one of our children, we will ask them if they can imagine what it would be like if that was how it always was — if they were the only child. My heart warms a bit when they all say, “That would be so boring.”

go, but by the time the month ends, we could be flying out the door and running late as a child melts down over a missing sock.

Our house is always buzzing with something going on. Whether it’s dancing competitions or the older kids showing the younger ones the ropes, I love watching my kids grow into their own. Two of them have big personalities and a ton of energy, but we also have a quiet, intellectual child. Our quirks mesh together into one big — albeit sometimes

It doesn’t matter if you’re a mom of one or five. We’ve all been there, and, frankly, it’s okay.

—Dr. Meg Ling

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