Sometimes life is really frustrating. Not just life, but parenting, in particular (for me, these days). There are days when I think I'm not a great mother, not a good mom...Although I try my best, what if my best just isn't good enough?
While trying to sit here and prepare a post for today, I came up with nothing. Serious blogger's block. I thought about just posting one of the many recipes that I have on hold (just haven't finished yet), but then decided against that (I didn't feel like finding the photos to go with). So what did I do? I surfed Pinterest, of course. Did a little web hunt for some parenting inspiration.
Here's one I really liked:
As I sat here, looking at those words, thinking of how frustrated I am right now...Somehow these words spoke to me. I heard them. And I heard them crystal clear. But still, I wondered: Are there going to be more moments of joy and satisfaction, or more hard times and frustrating times?
And then I found this quote by Thomas S. Monson:
"To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. "
This quote reminded me that, even though I may be mad and frustrated at times, I still need to let my kids know that I love them and care for them no matter how angry I am. Anger passes. I still love my kids, of course. But just because I know I still love them, doesn't mean that I don't need to tell them in assurance.
If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent. ~Bette Davis
There have been so many days lately where I just feel like I'm doing everything wrong, and nothing right. This next one makes me feel a little bit better:
After reading that one, I remember that I can forgive myself. Maybe sometimes I'm really way too hard on myself when I shouldn't be. But it's really in my nature to be hard on myself. It's a part of who I am. Just because I can forgive myself doesn't make it any easier when I think my child hates me, though.
Parenting...Who said it was gonna be easy? I never once expected it to be, actually. I always knew it would be a challenge, but I always thought I'd be up for the challenge. I never thought that I would at one point feel like giving up on myself as a parent.
So in times of frustration and the thought of giving up on myself, I have to remind myself that it's going to be worth it. It will be worth it. And actually, it already is - I just have to think of some of those shining moments. And then smile.
What helps you get through a rough day when you feel like giving up?