Ever have one of those days where you are 100% sure you are the worst mother in existence? No? Then this post is NOT for you. These words are meant for the very worst mom. The one who just scraped this morning’s smooshed pop-tart off the seat of her pants. The one who shoved the mountain of clean, crumpled up clothes off of the couch and plopped down to squeeze in thirty minutes of Netflix while the children were napping. The one who despite her best judgment, bribed her three-year-old with candy to fend off an oncoming tantrum instead of hauling off her little one mid-meltdown for some much needed discipline (all the while, praying the mother one aisle down wouldn’t notice the bribing session and stare straight through her with judgmental eyes and disapproving scowl).
It’s okay. I see you, and I’m not judging. To you, the mom at her whit’s end who feels like a failure at every turn, this Mother’s Day wish is for you.
My prayer is for your patience to be strong and your coffee never weak. For the nap times to last long and the chores to be complete.
Don’t compare yourself to other moms whose floors are spick and span. Who cares if stale cheerios and dried apple sauce are overriding your flawless clean-up plans?! There are bigger matters at hand. Like that time your child was playing acrobats while swinging from your fan. . .
Tiny noses and bums to wipe, aching boo boos to bandage and kiss, backyard adventures to be had, and piles of books to read are what you really don’t want to miss.
Cuddle up close and let all your doubts and worries drift far away. That button nose and those inquisitive eyes are enough to brighten up any day.
May you never lose sight of your purpose in His plan—to lead and to guide when tempers flare and the tantrums seem to never end.
As the days drag on, the years will fly by. Your babes will learn and grow and take off on their own before your very eyes.
So squeeze them tight and forget the rest, because the truth is, as a mom, that’s all it takes to be the very best!
Happy Mother’s Day!