Hi everyone! I’m a divorced single mom. I have a seven-year-old daughter and she is, in most every way, a mini version of myself. :)
I wake up every morning to what sometimes resembles a cattle drive… but for one kid.
Wash your face.
Brush your teeth for longer than five seconds.
Brush your hair.
Eat breakfast… eat faster!
We’re gonna be late for school; let’s go!
And finally, magically, somehow, we make it to the car and are driving down the street only to hear my daughter say, “I forgot my backpack.”
OH. MY. GOOD. LORD.
Welcome to motherhood. I know that some of you can relate. Do we make it to school in time? Not always, but she gets there. Most of my mornings consist of this exact same routine no matter how much “pre-planning” I did the night before.
After seven whole years of motherhood I’ve thrown everything I’ve ever heard about mothering out the window. It was like throwing a brick through a glass window the day I tossed away all the sage wisdom of women who’ve been mothers long before me… and it was totally worth it.
Motherhood is not glamorous. Never have I found cleaning up half-eaten, partially congealed food or washing mud covered, grass-stained laundry glamorous. I rarely, if ever, get a day off from being a mom, college student, full time employee, and weekend warrior. Life is crazy and sometimes it’s not always a joyful experience; because grounding your kid is not a joyful experience.
What I’ve come to learn is that it’s okay to feel overwhelmed as a parent. If you feel at the end of the rope, know that you are not alone. I am not alone. Nobody is alone. And, if today was a hard day, remember that tomorrow is a new day with a new beginning and a new chapter.
Don’t be discouraged if your kid fails a class. A failure is a first attempt at learning; they’ll do better the next time. Don’t be discouraged if your kid treats all green foods like they are the ten plagues from the book of Exodus, sometimes taste buds need to mature first. Don’t be discouraged if your kid gets bullied or ostracized, give them an activity or sport that will boost their confidence. Find your children’s talents and cultivate them.
Contrary to how we may feel sometimes, I promise you, we’re doing a pretty darn good job being moms. Keep up the good work!
Happy Mother’s Day.
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