Being a parent is hard. Mainly because we tend to be so hard on ourselves. I’ve learned that being hard on myself helps no one. I just need to do the best I can with the resources God has given me. It’s okay…
It’s okay to put them in front of a Dora episode so I can take a 5 minute prison shower for the first time in three days.
It’s okay to ignore the laundry and color with your kid instead.
It’s okay to put the kids to bed at 6 when you’ve been listening to one cry (scratch that, scream) all day, another child has responded to every look and word with “I don’t wanna”, and the third child found the marker and made some exotic looking tattoos on her legs.
It’s okay to put the kids in their rooms while mommy takes a break, because if you don’t your family will make the 6 o’ clock news.
It’s okay to take a nap for 10 minutes instead of doing the dishes if by some miracle all the kids are quiet at the same time.
It’s okay to have pajama days where you never get dressed, cook, or do anything responsible. Instead you play games, watch movies and hang out all day together. In fact, it should be a requirement at least once a month.
It’s okay to acknowledge how hard being a parent is. You are not God, so you are not perfect.
It’s okay to laugh at your kid when they’re naughty, if it’s really super funny. Just make sure you hide it really well.
It’s okay to let your kid cry for a few minutes when you’ve tried everything, and you have two other kids who need your love and attention too. (or even if you don’t but you’re about to lose your mind)
It’s okay if your kids have meltdowns in public. It doesn’t make you a bad parent. Any parent who’s honest knows they are just moments away from experiencing the same thing themselves.
It’s okay to ask for help.
It’s okay to take time for yourself and your spouse.
It’s okay to make mistakes…just be sure to admit them and apologize.
It’s okay to say no.
It’s okay to brush your teeth at night when you realize in all the chaos you forgot to this morning. The same thing applies to your kids’ teeth.
It’s okay to cry when you’re kids stress you out…no matter what the age. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them….it means you do.
It’s okay to throw pillows (in private) when you’re about to lose it…they’re easier to throw then your kids. (just kidding….sort of)
It’s okay to settle for less than perfect….just aim for happy.