How to not get unraveled by the mess
I'm a stay-at-home mom of a 19 month old ACTIVE little one and am also beginning to address my generalized anxiety disorder, and one thing that seems to derail my efforts to be a fun mom and keep him away from the TV (which I don't mind using but just not ALL the time like my son would like) is the prospect of too much mess. I never ever pictured myself as the mommy who would choose not to do an activity (painting, crafts, cooking) due to cleanup, and I'm not a particularly neat person in general....but I find myself cutting our play short when my son acts like, well, a one year old, and tears paper and draws on the floor and smashes chalk (in the house. I got it cuz i thought it'd be easier to clean but he loves pulverizing it😒). It bothers me because so much of my childhood is rooted in the fun messy activities, and my mom was always so GOOD at making it seem easy and natural. I just get so overwhelmed in the thoughts of having to fix/clean/pick up everything that it's almost paralyzing. I don't want to be "high-strung" and I want to give my kid room to be a kid - how do I do that without setting myself up for trouble mentally?