Most of my days are some mixture of the above, as most parent's days are. They are filled with what the fuck moments, and then mommy timeouts. There are also numerous laughs, smiles and hugs. Those are what make it all worthwhile. I like being a mom. I'm not sure why. Probably because I am a masochist, maybe because I like a challenge. Mostly, because I really love my partner and my children. They are the ones who make it all worthwhile. Being a mom can be trying and difficult. I started at a very young age, and I was a single mom for years. Now, I have the traditional family, and never once at any point in the journey has being a mom been easy.
Motherhood is so rewarding because it is hard. Anything you accomplish in life that is difficult is that much more rewarding at the end. Fortunately, with being a parent, there is never an end. This is a lifetime job that we embrace, if we choose to do it right. I know for me, I try to do my best, and I screw up daily. I constantly feel like a failure. I am just very thankful my children have incredibly low standards for "Best Mommy Ever". I push myself each day to do better and to try harder. If I do this in my job, in my other relationships, in other facets of my life, why wouldn't I do it with my children?
So, as I sit here on the night before Mother's Day, I would like to wish all of you celebrating a very Happy Mother's Day. I know what a hard job you have. I realize how much effort you put into your children, how much you stress on each little decision, and how you feel the burden of the world on your shoulders. You are all amazing moms! You are doing great! Nobody's perfect, but in your child's eyes you are. That is all that matters!