Being a Mom is one of the biggest blessings in life. There are very few things that are as rewarding, exciting, exhausting, wouldn’t-trade-it-for-the-world, as being Mama. But speaking of exhausting…some days you wish you could just leave those kiddos for a few days and get back to being JUST YOU. You are not alone in this, Mama. We all go through these moments…or days, or weeks, or even months. Being a Mama is hard work. Sometimes more challenging than you ever could have imagined. Often leaving you stressed, sleep deprived, over-worked, sometimes being Mama isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Not ALL THE TIME. And do you know what?! Sometimes YOU need a BREAK! And that is OK!
Mama’s are allowed to have a selfish moment, too. We give and give all that we have 99% of the time to fussy babies, cranky toddlers, frustrating teens…and even though we wouldn’t trade them for the world…sometimes we would prefer a little “me time” over “mama, mama, mama time”.
The hardest part though, is that Mama’s think they should be able to do it all, everything, 100% of the time. We think we should be able to be the rock, the meal-provider, the boo-boo kisser, the story book reader, the play mate, the rock to sleeper, the dishes doer, the laundry folder, the dog walker, the bed maker, the bathroom cleaner….but most of the time we set those ridiculous expectations for ourselves. We hold ourselves to a much higher standard than we probably should.
So, it is OK if once in a while we lose our shit. We hold it together 99% of the time, so don’t be surprised when that 1% it gets to be too much and we need a little break from it all. A little time to glue ourselves back together with shopping and dinner as our adhesive of choice. Your family will survive without you for a day.
Be good to yourselves, Mama’s…you deserve the best too!