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We All Feel Like We’re Messing Our Kids Up

As adults, we’re pretty awesome at a lot of things.

We tackle big challenges in our careers, our finances, and our health. We build impressive things. We write legal documents. We manage teams and conferences and estates and classrooms.

But when it comes to parenting, we all aren’t quite sure whether we’re doing it right at all.

We love these kids of ours with a love so fierce and strong, and yet, half the time we shake our heads and wonder if we’re getting it all wrong and why this parenting gig is so hard?

Raising these hilarious, amazing, wild little humans of ours is both tough and tremendous, precious and perplexing, all at the same time.

In fact, I don’t know about you, but it’s not uncommon for me to feel totally conflicting things at any given moment:

  • Looking forward to a quiet empty nest, while wishing I could just freeze time and keep my children exactly as they are in this moment.
  • Desperately longing for some peace and quiet, while loving the chaos and life surrounding me.
  • Wishing everyone would stop saying, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” even as I’m craving conversation with these fascinating little people of mine.

No matter what your day has been like –

  • whether you locked yourself in the bathroom to cry after you blew up at your kids.
  • or if “Mama needs some alone time” evolved into hiding in the pantry and inhaling a bag of dark chocolate chips.
  • or your budding artist decided today was the day to create a mural on the living room wall with your colored Sharpies.

There’s one thing you already know.

Sometimes parenting is awesome. And sometimes it’s not.

You’ll take the not-so-awesome parts along with the beautiful parts. Because it’s so worth it.

 

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