Feeling Below Average? How to be the Super Mom you Already Are.
I once took a handful of spaghetti and stuffed it into my sons face…then ran to the bathroom and cried.
I was extremely pregnant, sore and tired…and what kid won’t eat spagetti!!!??? – But that’s a story for another time.
I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been a pretty terrible mom. And who want’s to be a lousy mom? The truth is, you throwing a plate of peas across the room is not going to lead your 3 year old to a life of drugs and crime…I don’t think…but seriously. YOU ARE AWESOME!
I’m writing this post in honour of my friend Jackie who is going through chemo for breast cancer (and that’s only part of her journey). With two young kids and a husband at home, it’s a tough gig and she is just one of the amazing mom’s I know…
So, instead of focusing on our lack (beacuse let’s face it, there is plenty) lets focus on the things that make us great as mom’s.
No matter what we are going through…mom’s are a big deal even when we screw up. So here are just a few examples of why we are, in fact, super mom’s:
1. When your child is counfounded that you knew he was up to something (unaware of his cheeky grin and hands behind his back) and he’s still at an age where you can say, “I’m your mom, I know everything” and in wonder and amazement he believes you.
2. When a scraped knee means death, but somehow you know just what to do to keep your poor little darling alive at the last minute. It’s amazing how healing blowing on a scratch can be.
3. When you’re holding the baby in one arm, making dinner with the other, picking laundry up with your toes and answering in turn 3 different children asking 100 different questions.
4. When you check off 2 items on your ‘to do’ list in the brief moment of the day when the kids leave you alone (it’s the little things really).
5. When you go to the toilet on your own (or when you teach your child to finally go to the toilet on their own!).
and probably most important:
6. When you’ve had a terrible day screaming at the kids and nothing goes right, but remarkably, they still want a kiss and cuddle before bed.
Kids are the most forgiving beings on the planet…don’t stress out because you can’t do it all perfectly. Stop thinking about what you can’t do and focus on what you can (some of it is quite amazing)!
If you’ve got any of your own super mom moments or if you want to give a shout out to a super mom you know, please share. Lets continue to encourage one another!