Automatic Reply: "I'm sorry." Wait, delete that. Start over with... "Thank you." You are the mother your child was meant to have. No one else could have had your child. They are you, in the sense that we're all connected. But mothers and children, even more so. When you feel yourself disconnected from your child, ashamed of how you behaved around them, or frightened about a future without them, remember, your child was meant to come from you. We can't claim total ownership or control over our children. They are their own beings. They have their own feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and experiences. Usually all of things happen without much influence from the parents. But the wonderful thing about being a parent is you get to witness it all first hand. This may be overwhelming. That's okay. You're upset. That's okay. It's also okay for them to be upset. Remember, your journey with your child is very different than their journey with you.
You may not feel awesome when... You're covered in gurp. You haven't had a full night's sleep in over a year. You didn't shower today. You have to suck baby boogers every day. But, you are awesome, even if you're not in your most glamorous moment. Women in general, and mothers, especially, we are capable of incredible feats! Just because one woman can go on a daily run, but you instead go on a daily coffee run - that doesn't make you less awesome. You know that, right? Just because another mother cooks three homemade meals every day, but you can only manage one, that doesn't make you less awesome. Stop comparing. Start appreciating yourself. So, maybe you don't run every day, but maybe you come up with fun crafts for your kids. Maybe you don't cook, but you come up with creative ways to make salads. So many salads... Technically chips and salsa are a salad, right? ... right? Maybe you're not a career person, but you always mana