The phrase that kids will be kids is so true. I'm trying to wrap my head more around this when finding messes and taking it all less personally so hat maybe my marbles will stay somewhat together. A lot of thing in life are just normal. The toddlers rearrange the house as a regular rule in the name of curiosity. The energy of pre adolescents can amaze us. The ability for them to bypass messes is really normal. It doesn't really matter to them. They are not of an age to understand the value of what food costs or whether a cup has sentimental value to you as it gets broken. These events are not personal threats to you.
I can mentally understand the concept of oblivious accidents and messes and even remind other parents of the same. The puppy dog eyed five year old who might have spilled twenty pounds of oatmeal on the floor really wasn't trying to upset his mom. So why can't I always recognize this for myself. Giving kids to do lists without believing they have secret meetings to make you crazy by ignoring you. The behavior is just normal.
I want to remember this to lower my own stress and just simply have normal cleaning times and lists without internalizing it all. Every normal child has waited to the last second lest they've discovered. I remember doing it. I was an expert. I was normal. So talented too I'm sure. I fought with great skill with my brother and I'm not sure how we made it out alive. Such awesome memories.
Moving forward with today's tasks and routine is just normal too. I can't add anything more to our live or implode. Yeah. That is a thing. I do hope that improves as the littles get older so exploring other activities doesn't add to my work load but for now I will just try to be at peace with the normal which is mine.