I want to tell you something.
I want to tell you how I feel.
I feel like a pretty sub-par mom a lot.
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As in, I lose my temper often…often. I yell too much. I have very little patience even at 8am. I’m crabby a lot.
I did decide though, that that type of thinking…that I’m a sub-par mom, is not a good way to think. It’s an ugly thought I shouldn’t be having, so I had another thought. Since I feel like this all too often maybe I could play reverse psychology on myself. Maybe if on some Mondays I share with you something that worked for me or share something good that I read about being a good mama, I could focus on the goods instead of the inadequacies.
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I think a lot of us mama-folk feel inadequate. We’re tired and frazzled and overworked and underpaid…is anyone giving me an “Amen” out there??
We need to be better to ourselves. Kinder. Gentler. Yes, to ourselves.
So here’s my Mom-Bit today: I realized on Friday why it was such a great day….I made it one. *Gasp!* Ya, like I really did. Something happened to me that morning and I just decided.
Those little things weren’t going to piss me off, because really spilt milk is just sucky and that’s the end of it. No use making your wee one feel like a big, fat loser over that, you know?
I’ve talked about this before, but really this message bears repeating: we set the tone in our homes, mamas. Yes, as scary as that is, we do. If we are short and crabby and ugly, chances are our kids will be that way too. Friday was such a productive day and quiet and lovely and I think it was (mostly) because I set the tone from the get-go like that.
Let’s chill today and build our babies up.