Ah, yes. World’s Best Mom! Sorry to tell you, but she just does not exist. There is no such thing as a world’s best mom or even a perfect mom! We all try to be, and it’s tempting to not let motherhood get the best of you. If anyone’s like me, it’s hard to look around you at all the other seemingly perfect moms at your child’s school, the PTA, or even at the grocery store. They never have a hair out of place, they don’t look like they only got two hours of sleep the night before, and they handle temper tantrums with an easiness that makes you jealous. I see moms like that all the time and let me tell you, it can really make you feel inferior. But when you stop for a moment and talk to one of these seemingly perfect moms, you’ll find that she feels the same way about you, and perhaps a dozen other moms. You’d never know this of course because most mothers have that sense of doubt and fear that they aren’t doing enough. Mothers these days are way too hard on themselves. What’s worse is sometimes you encounter those moms who really do try to be “world’s best mom”. That’s an awful lot of pressure to put on yourself. With my experience as a mother, half the time I’m stumbling around exhausted trying to feed my children and get them to school on time. While the other half of my time is spent trying to finish a full load of laundry at home (folding not included) and make sure my hubby has dinner when he gets home from work. We’ve all been through those days of chasing your toddler around in circles trying to get his pants on or repeatedly cleaning the baby food off of the dog that your infant wanted to feed. Every mother has her good days and her bad days. Yeah, some days I’m cleaning poop off the walls. Then there are those days that my son brings home something he made for me in school, my daughter sings “you are my sunshine” to me a thousand times, or the days when I feel my baby boy in my tummy responding to my voice with his kicks. These are the moments in our life that will stand out the most as mothers. But what most mothers don’t remember is that motherhood does not define us as a person. Who we are is not defined by how fast we change our children’s diapers or how well we iron our husband’s work shirts. Every mother deserves a break. Not just a physical break, but an emotional break. That breaks needs to come from within ourselves. We need to give ourselves a break and stop trying to be the perfect mom because the perfect mom does not exist. So take a moment today (between the screaming toddlers and the pooping infants) to give yourself a break and remember that you are doing the best that you can. We all are, and that’s more than enough.
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