If you want more joy for this parenting journey, then just be happy. We tell ourselves that we are waiting to be happy until things are just so. But really, when we finally have things just so, we are going to find some other reason why we can’t be happy just yet. So the best thing we can do for ourselves (and the relationship we are building with our children) is just to be happy. Yes, we will still have our ups and downs because that’s a theme of life. But we can brave those ups and downs with a determination in our heart to not let our circumstances rob us of our joy.