Thursday, January 16, 2014
Losing your parental shit.
We all lose our shit as parents now and then. As documented by this most awesome video blast from the past:
Your know what that mom is? Normal. Not a terrible mother who made her sweet, innocent little boy cry and ruined his entire life, but just an everyday, normal mom.
We all lose our shit every now and then when it comes to our kids. This lady was just unfortunate enough to have it documented on video and honest enough to share it with the world. Goof for her!
Watching this and appalled by this mom’s actions? Girl, please. You have either been blessed with the patience of a saint or enough medication to be oblivious to all outside annoyances. Kudos to you either way, but give us regular ol’ mamas a friggin’ break. We need it. Along with a box of wine and a truckload of chocolate. Because we can’t all be perfect. Though we try our damnedest every day thanks to the pressure we feel from you wondermoms.
My idea of perfect is being able to do my best and not beat up on myself for falling short every now and then. Because my kids don’t need to see their mom struggling to live up to someone else’s expectations of her. They need to see her stumble every now and then. They need to see her make mistakes. They need to see her apologize for her actions when she does something wrong. They need to see her being real. Because perfection is not reality and I don’t want them to believe that it is.
My children know that I am the best mom that I can be and that I love them more than anything in the world. They know that I would kill a tiger with my bare hands for them. They know that I would sacrifice my life in a heartbeat if it meant savings one of theirs.
So losing my shit on them every once in a while? Not the end of the world. Neither is giving them a Happy Meal when I am too exhausted to cook. Or plopping them in front of the TV for an hour because I have to get things done around the house.
Moral of the story: try be the best mom you can be. Not the best mom in the world. Everyone will be happier in the long run.
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