Sometimes life with kids feels like this Dr Seuss book. It's crazy, wonderful, frustrating, happy, sad, and all the other feels you can add in there. Being a mom is all I ever wanted to do, and little did I know it would be the absolute hardest thing I've ever done. I mean, how do you tell your kids "Mommy needs a time out?" or "Mommy doesn't feel like doing that right now"? You can't. Plain and simple. You have to dig deep, find your mommy patience and remember they come first.
With that being said, you don't have to be a slave to your children. You CAN find time to workout, to meet your friends for lunch, or have an over night trip with your husband. It's all about planning for it and being prepared. Also, it's showing your kids that you have a life outside of theirs and that's ok. Parenting (unfortunately) doesn't come with a manual, and we have a lot of parenting competition out there (aka-the mom that always makes the homemade Valentine's cards, that probably took her 2 weeks to make and you bought yours at the store the night before). Worst mom in the world alert. I GET IT. Been there, done that and still doing it. It's called mom guilt and we all have it.
This is another self esteem killer and it can prevent us from being our best selves. You have to take the good with the bad and just roll with it. Know we are all in this together and all have the same struggles. Remember that. Because if you didn't care, you wouldn't have read this far hoping for a little encouragement and insight to make you a better Mom. Don't forget to face your days as a parent (and everything else you are) with a sense of humor, and a hefty dose of grace for yourself.
None of us, not even that Pinterest Mom, are perfect.
"I do not like this one so well. all he does is yell, yell, yell. I will not have this one about. When he comes in I put him out. This one is quiet as a mouse. I like to have him in the house." -Dr Seuss
Until next time,