I’ve had one of those weeks … you know the kind. Where you feel like a failure of a parent.
I was getting so annoyed with my 1 year old because he was climbing on ALL the furniture, didn’t want to eat and would throw all the food off his high chair table and wouldn’t fall asleep at nap time unless I rocked him in my arms for 20+ minutes.
I had a pile of laundry that was folded and need to be put away, another pile that was clean but needed to be folded and the laundry hamper looked like it exploded.
I hadn’t cooked anything nutritious for my kids. It was a week of chicken nuggets, wacky mac, pasta, etc …
My 10 year old had about 1000 hours of homework and projects he needed my help with.
My 6 year old had activities all over town between his after school clubs, playdates and birthday parties.
I was at the end of my rope. I had no energy to do anything “mom” like with them. At bedtime, I had no strength to sing them songs or read them books. I would just tuck them in and say goodnight.
At the end of the week, I just broke down and cried. I felt like such a failure.
But you know what? I am HUMAN. I need a break – it’s only normal. If you don’t give yourself a break every once in a while, you will eventually break down. I reminded myself that while I didn’t cook the most nutritious meals … I fed my children and they were happy. I didn’t have time for all the laundry, but my kids still had clean clothes to wear … and they were happy. I was getting annoyed with the baby, but he didn’t even notice. I kept him safe and rocked him to sleep. He was happy.
Why was I feeling like a failure? My kids were happy. That’s my most important job and I rocked it. I am only human. Whether I serve them chicken nuggets with fries or grilled chicken with veggies …. I will always be their supermom.