I'm a mom, and therefore, know lots of other moms. One thing I consistently hear from moms are the things they think they do wrong. They rarely acknowledge what they do right.
I'm no different. I "fail" all the time. I sometimes yell at the kid when I don't want to. I've forgotten to pack a snack for my daughter too many times to count. I failed to read an email telling me to bring in valentines to exchange with her group of friends. While selling Girl Scout cookies this morning, I forgot her vest and gloves. It was freezing and I felt terrible.
I think we moms put pressure on ourselves to get everything right. We quickly identify where we "failed." There are so many more times when we completely crushed it and we don't give ourselves enough credit. (What am I saying — "enough credit"? We RARELY give ourselves credit at all!)
Moms are loving, patient, thoughtful, courageous, multi-taskers...the list is endless. We're all unique and offer our own strengths. In my experience though, across the board, all moms are resourceful and coordinated enough to win the Mom of the Year award—we know how to carry more shit in our arms/hands in one trip than should be humanly possible. Hello! We have magic in every cell of our bodies and are SO deserving of awards and recognition. Even though we don't get them, we should at least acknowledge our best efforts more.
I am doing my best at this parenting thing. Giving something my best is all I can ask of myself in any given moment. So today, I'm cutting myself some slack and choosing to acknowledge all the ways in which I crush it. I hope all you moms take time to do the same.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
Be open to what comes.