Dear weary mom, can I let you in on a little secret? Sometimes I feel this way about motherhood too. Like maybe I’m just not “wired right” to be a mother. I mean, biologically speaking, I have the appropriate, ahem, equipment for motherhood. But in other ways, I feel like my kids would be suited with someone far better.
You see, if your kids are anything like mine – they are loud, noisy, and very needy. They need to touch you all the time. They need to talk and they need you to listen. They need you to PAY ATTENTION. Did I mention that they are loud?
And, if you’re anything like me, most days, all you want is a little bit of peace and quiet. And by quiet, I mean silence. And by peace, I mean alone.
Motherhood, unfortunately, is not a profession that allows for much of that.
So, on those days when you feel like there must be someone better suited to being touched, needed, and talked to all day long, I want you to remember this:
You are better at mothering than you think you are.
I know this because I’ll have these moments when I want them to just. go. away. – then 30 minutes later, I find myself wiping a bottom and cheering for a little guy who went poop in the potty. And being legit proud!
I know this because when the last thing to do is get off the couch and put a little one to bed, because I really just want to not move and surf Facebook – I’ll still find my heart warming while singing an off-key duet of Jesus Loves Me with a 2-year-old.
I know this because some days, in spite of the weariness, I can literally feel in my tired soul that the everyday mundane tasks matter.
I know this because I keep getting out of bed in the morning. I keep hugging. I keep saying, “I love you.” I keep pouring Cheerios, signing homework sheets, wiping bottoms, and packing lunches. Just like you do.
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So, dear mom who feels like maybe she wasn’t cut out for this, maybe your personality isn’t the perky, fun mom you want it to be. That’s okay. You are still their world. Even when you want them to go away, you are rocking this. Really rocking it. I promise.
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