What is it about Mother’s that make us celebrate and dedicate an entire day to them? I loved being pregnant, was sleep deprived when they were infants, frustrated when they were toddlers and spent a lot of time on my knees when they became teenagers.
So, is there a secret to being a good mom? It’s the hardest, most exhausting job I’ve ever had. I was never interviewed to determine if I met the requirements, I wasn’t given a manual when I left the hospital but I also never questioned the unconditional love I had for each one of my babies.
Did I make mistakes? Yes I did, I made plenty of mistakes, I still do. Even though my children are now parents themselves I’m still their mother, I will always be their mother yet still there are times I want to be better.
The truth is motherhood is an amazing gift, not a competition I spent too much time comparing myself to other women who I ‘thought’ were doing a much better ‘job’ then I did. I always dread sitting through church on Mother’s Day. Every year, every speaker talks about how wonderfully perfect their mother is. I know none of my children can honestly say I was a perfect mother.
This year I loved listening to the stories about mothers. I finally realize it’s ok to not be perfect, in fact it’s annoying to even try to be perfect. I am perfectly imperfect and I’m feeling fantastic about it. Frenchie and I have done our very best; I have no regrets. Our four children are incredible but it has nothing to do with our parenting skills or lack of.
Each one of our children are unique and talented in their own way, as much as I’d like to take credit for their incredible attributes; I can’t. So to every mother out there who beats themselves up for not being the mom you ‘think’ you should be or could have been STOP THAT– Motherhood is hard for every woman, finding balance in every move you make is gut wrenching at times but at the end of the day if you can say “I did my best today” you’ve done your job. If you feel frustrated and wish you’d done something different, then do it; there is always tomorrow.