Truth #1 about parenting: 90% of being a successful parent, is just showing up
Let me say it again.
The #1 truth in parenting is: 90% of being a successful parent, is just showing up.
Just being around. Just being being present. Just being a warm body.
(Obviously, exceptions are granted for parents who show up and abuse their children.)
I get overwhelmed sometimes trying to be a perfect mom. Ironically, I find that the more perfect I attempt to be, the more mistakes I make. I over schedule myself on behalf of my children. I forget how to say no. I want to give them everything I didn’t have as a child. Then I worry my kids are growing entitled. Then I over correct and say no for no good reason. I become stressed. Stress makes me not as fun. I guilt myself for not being fun mom. <>
When mommy guilt gets out of hand… you know, when every time you get in the car alone (the only time you have alone) you run through a list of all the things you’re doing wrong, could do better, hope your kids forget, hope didn’t cause permanent damage, pray they won’t need therapy for when they’re older…just remind yourself:
Angie, being Angie. A perfectly imperfect woman, daughter, friend, mother, and wife. I’m a lover and a fighter. I’m up, and I’m down. I succeed. I fuck up. (I cuss). I hope people see things here and in my writing they only think to themselves and are inspired to be unashamed of who they are.
Let’s live life… out loud.