Have you ever felt like you are failing as a mother? Like nothing you do is right? You have one bad day and it’s all you can do to pray and plead that they don’t remember the momster you were.
On top of constantly beating ourselves up, society takes their fair jabs as well. Pictures of friends on Instagram and Facebook, showing us just how “perfect” their lives are. Countless articles on Pinterest telling us all the things we should be doing as a parent. Articles about how to handle certain behaviors and the way we should be responding.
To top it all off you get well meaning friends, family, and others who also want to add in their two-sense of what and how you should be momming.
But here is my question….
Will we ever be mom enough?
I have failed and continue to fail countless times. I’m far from perfect. In fact, I have to ask my children for forgiveness at least once or more a month.
Because I am human and I make mistakes. In making those mistakes there isn’t much I can be proud of, but I am proud to show my children what humility looks like. I am proud to teach them that even adults make mistakes. And I am proud to show them what it looks like to ask for forgiveness, because even mommy needs forgiveness sometimes.
You see in this family we have a saying.
“Tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it.”
I’m proud that in my failings they see a mom who is striving for perfection, fail. And then get back up and try again. That is what I want my girls to learn. Perseverance.
I pray daily for patience, kindness, and love and that God would make me the mother I need to be. But most of all, I do a lot of asking for grace. God knows I need it.
So if you’re struggling right now with you identity as a mother. If you are tired of keeping up with the Jones’ of motherhood. Stop. The question is not are you mom enough. The answer is that you are.