This quote says it all for me! I know I have written countless posts about how I don't feel as though I am doing the best job as a mother (and you all graciously told me to stop beating myself up which I truly appreciate), but I do believe that many of us can look at this quote and feel very similar.
I am bias of course and I do think I have great kids (when they aren't beating the shit out of each other)- they are loving, genuine, bright girls. But to say that I don't doubt myself or feel as though I lack in many departments as a mother, would be a massive understatement. I am almost positive that there are many things I do wrong as a mother (especially discipline- can someone help me there...I don't know where to draw the line...) but I am trying really hard to focus on the things I do right as a mother so that I can balance it out.
You have all listened to me try to figure out if I was doing the right thing with the preschool situation (and if I can get Kelsey potty trained fully in the next 3 weeks she gets to go for spring semester- praise God), and I found this great program at the high school in town that really educates the toddlers and prepares them well for pre-K and kindergarten, which makes me very happy that I made what I feel is a great decision here versus spending what may be the equivalent of one semester of college in my area (not kidding) to send my girls to the "best" preschool around. I have stopped doubting myself over this situation because things just happened to have worked out thankfully.
I have had my share of mishaps with potty training for which I solicited every single one of your advice in that department. Slowly but surely each kid is potty trained and I need to not compare myself to every other mom who is working on potty training their child- it is different for everyone. * I just pray that the next time Kelsey has an accident while running around nude, that the dog doesn't decide to mark his territory right on top of her accident as I run to grab the Lysol wipes and paper towels* (true story!)
Being a mom is the hardest job and the most rewarding all at the same time as many of us know. We all have our reasons why it may be harder, especially on some days, but nonetheless I hope I speak for all of us moms, when I say that we love our kids so much that we cheer at every milestone and hug and kiss their cute little bodies as much as we possibly can. It is so hard not to think that we are "screwing up" here and there, or often in my case. We live in a society where comparison is not only human nature, but has become so routine that we see even one person slightly more successful at something and we knock ourselves down immediately for it. I hope that by writing a post about this quote that we can all pick each other up when we find ourselves on twitter, instagram, etc. just genuinely having a rough time feeling as though we are "screwing up" because by lifting each other up we are saying that doubting yourself as a mom or having a moment that isn't absolute perfection as far as raising your child is completely normal and will pass soon enough.
In that long-winded venting session, I hope that any moms out there feel like you can reach out to me for support because there very well may be a time that I need you for support as well.
Lots of love...