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Claiming Small Victories

Claiming Small Victories

By Rachel Meeks

“Today is the greatest day of my life,” she said. I had given my daughter a strawberry popsicle.


It’s so easy to see the events that go wrong sometimes. It’s not even a fair game of chance with 50/50 odds. With small kids it’s inevitable that the things that you didn’t intend to happen, will, and everything is a little bit harder.

The morning you wake up early to get a quiet hour to yourself is the morning that the kids will be up at the crack of dawn too. This happens to me every single time.

So what do you do when things feel extra challenging? You watch for the wins and claim the small victories.

When you’re late for church (again) because it takes ten extra minutes to get ready because you can’t find his shoes. Just before you decide to send your kid to church shoeless so you can walk out the door, you find them under your bed. Of course they’re there. Win.

In that moment after you buckle the kids in the car and close the back seat door, they’re strapped safely into their car seats with a thick glass window to muffle the sound. You take an extra minute to breathe in deeply and enjoy the quiet outside before you get in the driver’s seat. Win.

Your sweet child might cry during the last hour of the flight, but for the first few hours he was charming. Win.

The one-year-old found your makeup bag and used your eyeliner to draw on his bedroom wall. The loose powder was spared. Win.

And you know that the night you stay up late on the internet when you should be asleep is the same one your kid will wake up sick just a couple of hours later, but you’ll reach her just in time before the throw up goes everywhere. Win.

When your appointment ran late and your child is tired and hungry on the way home, it’s a small victory to find the bag of dry cereal you left in the car three weeks earlier. Win.

When the kids go to sleep at night and we have a healthy family with a roof over our heads…Win.

What are your victories today?

About the Author

Rachel Meeks

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to b...

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to be a parent when you’re not surrounded by a ton of stuff.)

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My small victory for today is that my kid is sitting quietly on her potty when I put her there. She has yet to pee in it and we’ve gone through a couple pull-ups, but at least it’s a minute or two of quiet at regular intervals. That’s a win!


My 9 month old daughter was so sad this morning because she wanted to be held all morning while I was trying to get ready for work and after our sitter arrived, she still follwed me all over the kitchen wanting to be held. It felt like a win b/c it means she knows I’m her mom and she loves me :o)

Mama B

When my 18 month old get hand foot and mouth disease and give it to me at least his two elder siblings didn’t get it. Win… When I am quarantined till I show no symptoms at least I finally start packing up my books, ready for moving time. Win. When my 18 month old is crawling on the floor playing hide and seek with me and somehow forgets to move his arms as well as his legs and falls flat on his face, getting a bloody nose, a nurse happens to be in the room and does all the horrid… Read more »


When I learn I’m going to be stuck at work until 11 pm but my husband texts that our 7 month old drank the frozen milk – WIN! When he emails that she went to sleep at her usual bedtime – WIN! When my boss tries his darnedest to act nonchalant as we discuss our project while I’m pumping right in front of him – WIN.

Doug Morris

When my daughter was a pain in the morning, but greets me with a smile and hug upon entering our home from work – WIN.

When she goes to sleep after reading her favorite story – WIN/WIN – this is one of my favorite parts of the day.


My daughter going down for her nap on the first try, and not after 700 “I need to go potty” requests- win.


“Today is the greatest day of my life.” Oh Lane, you crack me up.


This was beautiful. Puts alot into perspective for sure.