A friend posted this on her Facebook wall and I read it and immediately felt encouraged. You see, I often get discouraged when I see how wonderfully awesome some moms are. Being well put together, stylish with their perfect children who sleep through the night and only smile all day long, making these beautiful meals and treats... it's easy to feel like i'm just never doing enough, but when i read this blog post "Your Children want You", I immediately realized that even though I'll never be THAT "perfect" mom... it's ok.
I got sucked in with just the first sentence... "There’s this crazy phenomenon going on right now. Good, devoted mothers get on Pinterest . . . and blogs . . . and Facebook . . . and Twitter . . . and then they flip through parenting magazines and TV channels (full of advertisements and media hype) . . . and they’re convinced they’re not enough." Read the full post here!
It's also reassuring to know I'm not the only person out there that feels this way. I have to remind myself that I don't often blog about the nitty gritty grimy days where I'm unshowered and Annabelle hasn't gotten out of her pj's all day, so why would others also blog about their worst days? We try to highlight the happy times, successes, and well put together moments... so perhaps, we all have those nitty gritty grimy days. And on any given day, we may feel like we're not that "perfect" person... but regardless, in our own imperfect ways - we are perfect.
"There’s something deeper going on in family life than can ever be expressed on a social network. Whatever it is we feel we are lacking, can we collectively decide–as deliberate mothers–that we are not going to sit around feeling discouraged about all the things we’re not?
Can we remind each other that it is our uniqueness and love that our children long for? It is our voices. Our smiles. Our jiggly tummies. Of course we want to learn, improve, exercise, cook better, make our homes lovelier, and provide beautiful experiences for our children, but at the end of the day, our children don’t want a discouraged, stressed-out mom who is wishing she were someone else."
This was a great reminder to me, so I hope it will be a great reminder to you ... and women everywhere, just to find peace and contentment in who we are day to day and not to compare ourselves and be discouraged. And of course to cherish our own mothers (and family) while we still have the opportunities to do so!