An overdue 'Thank you'
I can't tell you how many times a day I wonder how I could be better as a mom. I'm constantly evaluating myself and my decisions about how I'm raising my children. If I'm too strict. If I'm too lenient. If they have too much structure. If they don't have enough structure. I know this is completely normal behavior. But it truly stands to drive me up the wall and around the corner insane. Why is this even a thing? As mom's we pitted against one another. The working mom versus the stay-at-home mom. The homemade mom versus the store-bought mom. The strict mom versus the relaxed mom. No matter how you choose to live your life or raise your children, someone is going to think you are doing it wrong.
Personally, I find it best to not be that deeply rooted in others journey. Being a mom is hard enough without all the extra drama. But I'll be the first to admit in getting caught up in my way of doing things. Assuming it's the best (and only) way. And for me, and my family, it is but we are all motivated by different things. For most of us, there never seems to be enough hours in the day or days in a week; but we manage to muddle through. And while some days are better than others, the truth is there's no magic in one way or the other. Life is a journey, a constant moving flow of events that can shift in and out of your favor. Embracing your journey and living your life as you wish is the best way to be happy.
It's easy to get caught up in the hype. And sometimes think you've found the magic pill that makes your way better or easier, but that's rarely the case. Life is more complex than what we share. It's hard to see the whole picture through the small snippets we give. As moms our nights are late and our days are long. "Perfect pictures" usually mean several retakes and meltdowns. We are all just trying our best. So here and now, I want to applaud all the moms. I want to personally thank each of you for what you do. At the end of the day, we're moms, and that's a hard job to do.