I accept the fact that I won’t win mother of the year. I am an OKAY mom. Being okay with being okay has taken time. It’s taken me 4 kids, 10 years, lots of unnecessary dollars spent, but it’s good to just accept being not perfect and not trying to be.
When I had my first child, I didn’t want to screw her up. Everything had to be in order. The floor had to be clean so she wouldn’t get sick. Her binky would be sanitized in hot water after touching the ground. Her birthday parties were over the top, so was Christmas. Halloween was a huge ordeal, making sure the costume was perfect and so were the pictures. Oh the PICTURES! We spent so much on professional pictures, so worth it – wait? was it? Was any of it.
Baby 2 rolled around, I bought a DSLR camera and professional photos went out the window. 5 years later, baby 3 arrived and birthday parties were just for family and close friends. And finally Baby 4 arrived. With 2 tweens and 2 toddlers, we are now just in survival mode and I am okay with being okay. I am an okay mom. Are you?
My days of judging other moms is over. I am that mom that I judged. Us moms have to stick together and understand how every mom does this parenting thing, it’s their way of surviving it.
My kids are happy, healthy and thriving. Sure, they may not have 2 shoes on that match and occasionally may go 3 days between baths – but we are making this work. They are OK and I am OK.
Now the therapy they will need years from now, that’s another story (kidding!).
Embrace the OK. It’s worth it, I pinky swear.
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