Thursday, March 14, 2013
On Being *That* Mom
Yesterday, I felt like *that* mom....
You know... the mom who is standing in the parking lot with her arms full of bags while her toddler is on the ground throwing a temper tantrum. The mom who let her kid eat a Starbucks pastry for breakfast because she was just too tired to make something healthy. The mom who let her kid watch probably one too many episodes of Sesame Street just for a little extra dinner prep time. The mom who just can't wait for bedtime.
Yesterday, that was me.
Jennifer at Our Muddy Boots shared a post yesterday that really spoke to me. She brought up a great point - that often bloggers seem to have this perfect life.... a Pinterest-esque motherhood 100% of the time. That's not true. Sure, I share our delicious super-healthy recipes, and our all-natural bath/beauty products, and our fun toddler activities here. But there are definitely days where we order pizza, use store-bought bath/beauty products, and let Charlie watch too much TV.
And that's OK.
I don't want my readers to think I don't make parenting mistakes. I do. We all do. At the end of the day, what's important is that you and your child(ren) know that you love them and that you're doing your very best.
How can you cope with those stressful days? Here's my suggestion...
When the day is over and the kids are in bed, make yourself a cup of tea (or pour a glass of wine) and make a list of all the things that you did "right" that day for your child. Even if the only thing on that list is "I said I love you", then you did a rockin' job! Put the day to rest, enjoy your beverage and quiet time, and sleep well knowing that your child is loved and that tomorrow is another day.