Rocking the halfway normal life

by Kristin on May 25, 2011

in Love, family & community

Photo by mikebaird

Hello, dear blog community. Today I’m honored to be guest blogging over at Some Wise Guy, who has been featuring some “wise gals” during the month of May, in honor of Mother’s Day.

For those of you who know my blog and ideas well, you will easily identify some of my classic themes: embracing life in a halfway normal state, and how as parents, spouses and individuals we can grow more than we ever would have in a more “normal” life. And yes, even the kids can benefit, as I write in the post:

I, not surprisingly, would argue that they don’t necessarily suffer—at least not more than the average ‘tweener does in the average not-perfect family. I’ll even go out on a limb and suggest that children who grow up in “halfway normal” homes with parents who are open, honest and accepting about the turns their lives have taken have a lot going for them.

After detailing some of the life lessons my kids are learning, I ask: “How is your life ‘Halfway to Normal,’ and how are your kids and/or marriage better off, because of it?”

I hope you’ll take a minute to visit Some Wise Guy, read my post (and other great posts there), and share your thoughts. Let’s overwhelm them with our Halfway to Normal clan!

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  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    Thank you again, Kristin!
    A fabulous guest post and great comments so far.

  • http://cindyholman.wordpress.com Cindy Holman

    Great article Kristin – I’m adding you to my blog list! Thanks so much!

  • http://thecrisischronicles.blogspot.com/ Dina Meek

    Nice post Kristin. Our family had a “normal” life in Dallas before we took a left turn, moved to super rural CO and then ended up here in the cornfields. We, too, are open with our kids, trying to take advantage of those “teachable moments” (and there seem to be plenty of them in our new halfway-to-normal lives). And BTW, thanks for defining this very interesting place and time for all of us.

  • http://themoderngal.com The Modern Gal

    That was a great post. As I’ve been getting ready for the wedding, I’ve thought often about how different my life is from what I expected it to be 15 years ago. I’m definitely far more career-oriented with far fewer kids (ahem, none) than I expected. I’m getting married much later and am not sure we’ll ever have kids. But I definitely like where I am!

  • http://www.halfwaytonormal.com Kristin T.

    ThatGuyKC, thanks so much for inviting me to share a post on your blog. One of the things I strive for in blogging is a diverse audience. I’m glad to have many male readers, and to have the chance to connect with even more over at Some Wise Guy.

    Cindy, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ll look forward to interacting with you more down the road.

    Dina, isn’t it funny to look back on the parts of your life that you *thought* were normal, when you were in the middle of them? And yes—the teachable moments are numerous. Thanks for sharing some of your journey!

    The Modern Gal, how wonderful to be able to reflect on what you expected for your life as you get ready to step into a new reality—and to be able to see how it’s different and love where you are is a gift! Blessings on your marriage.