Do you feel restless sometimes in bed, because the vivid image of you shouting at your little one this morning for spilling a bowl of soup over your new carpet, does not let you fall asleep?
Do you cringe at the memory about that day in the park, when you lost sight of your son for a minute, and noticed all the other mums’ sympathetic and yet, somewhat patronising looks on their faces, when you found him, hiding behind the bench?
Do you feel guilty about appointing the tablet, today, to do the parenting for the entire afternoon, because the date for submitting an important report is so overdue.
Do you worry if you have given your toddler too many cookies at snack time?
It has been a while since you read James a bedtime story, as you feel exhausted by 9 pm most days and you are remorseful, again, are you not?
You are so sorry about snubbing your teenage daughter for her crazy choice to go out in a rather provocative outfit.
Do you have regrets about never finding the time to play with your kids, because of all the washing up and cleaning you have to do?
Do you cry sometimes for neglecting the emotional needs of your disabled child, while trying heroically to tend to his/her physical needs?
We are all guilty of these sins, but we don’t have to feel guilty about them.
Our children love us as we are. They forgive us almost everything! What they need is our reassurance that we are and will always be there for them, no matter what.
So if you’ve had a bad day today, just forgive yourself and show your child that you love them. There’s always tomorrow, when you can try to make it up to them.
Apologise for shouting and explain to your little one how tired you have been.
Forgive the mums in the park. It is very likely that they were oblivious, at the time, to the way they looked at you.
Your report has been sent. Now, take an interest in what game your boy has been playing on his tablet and promise him an exciting venture at the weekend.
Give your teenage daughter a hug and offer her one of your nice shirts, she has always wanted or suggest to go shopping together soon.
You cannot ignore the emotional world of your child! Relax! You are living in it!
You are not a superhuman, so don’t beat yourself up about it!
You have many roles in life. And you play different roles for your child at different times in their life. You are their guide and their friend, their teacher and advisor. You are always their guard and protector. And you are their companion and confidante.
Above all, you are their mother! Be proud of it, because you are doing a great job!
And this is worth celebrating!
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