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This week was back to school for many parents. I loved my Facebook feed this week, and seeing all my friends and family taking their back to school photos of their kids. Some were well thought out – they had signs made my mom and dad, or signs made by the kiddos themselves, then there were the older kids going off to college for the first time. I loved seeing the proud parents faces in some. It definitely makes me think of my two little girls and what it will be like one day in the future when they too, will go off to school for the first time. I can’t image….it’s probably exciting and a little sad at the same time, especially for a mother.
I also know how chaotic the few weeks leading up to the first day of school can be. I heard from a friend the other day who mentioned to me just how hard it was going to be sending her kids off to school for the first time. She was worried that, because of her and her husbands very busy work schedule, she would see her children less, and she wanted to be there for them and have enough energy do to the homework routine, the dinner routine and the bath routine. But just the thought of her day just seemed really overwhelming, almost impossible. She was worried she was not going to have the energy to do it all. Ah, I could relate to relate to her, but for a different reason. When I found out we were expecting our third little one, I had all the same fears. Our fears of being able to do it all sometimes can consume us. I know that the pressures and demands of everyday life will never go away, and sometimes it just seems as though things just keep piling on. But I told her what I realized and that she’d eventually experience too. That that her ability to mother and to be there for our children will grow with each new challenge and not be whittled down. I know this because I’ve been there, and I reminded her just how great of a mother she is.
I know this is something parents worry about all the time. Worrying about whether they are doing a good job or if they’re doing enough. And my mother told me that, if you’re worried about whether or not you’re doing a good job, then you are a wonderful parent. If you ever stop worrying about that then that’s the time to worry. Whether you’re spending a week on vacation with your family or 5 minutes at the breakfast table before they leave to school, the truth is, most parents are doing much better than they think.
Tell me about someone you know who is doing a better job as a parent than he/she might think.