When I stumble on a rough parenting day (or days), I like to read, whether it’s a book, random quotes, or personal stories. It helps to remind me that I’m not alone. We all need to know we’re not alone when we’re having a bad day. It makes us feel better. Often, I feel like I have the toughest kids in the world…until I read. Reading allows me to gain a new perspective and to realize that others are going through similar challenges. Sometimes all we need is a new perspective to help us see the light.
While reading, I came across the quote, “Be the Mom You Want Them to Remember.” This quote carries a lot of weight. It can either evoke panic in a mom or inspiration, depending on how you look at it. As moms, we want our children to remember us as playful, attentive, and happy, always responding appropriately. But some days, we may not handle every situation with grace. We just may lose our cool. Some days, when they defy our every word, we may not feel overly playful or happy. Some days, we may just resort to shouting even though we try our best not to. Some days are harder than we could ever imagine they would be.
However, rather than evoke panic, “Be the Mom You Want Them To Remember” inspires me. It inspires me to try even harder. To find ways to stay cool during those difficult moments, to become a better person myself. Nobody is perfect. Perfect parenting doesn’t exist, but you can be imperfect and a fantastic parent at the same time. Sometimes nobody has any of the answers and you just have to do the best you can.
In my previous post, “The Making of a Mom,” I explain that parenting is a process. We learn as we go. Sometimes the journey isn’t easy. We have to make our way through one day at a time.
I want my kids to remember that I’m a mom who isn’t perfect, who doesn’t always have the answers, but who always tries her best. A mom who has emotions and sometimes gets upset but loves them unconditionally. A mom who sometimes has hard days but makes the most of it as much as she can. A mom who is always there and would do anything for them💞