Friday, June 20, 2014

Too Hard on Ourselves

I am just gonna come out and say it: I am way too hard on myself, and I always have been. Because of the internet and social media, we constantly have access to information about how to be a better parent or how to raise your children the right way. Being a parent is stressful enough as it is without feeling like we have to hold ourselves up to impossibly high standards of parenting perfection.

When it boils down to it, all you need to be a good mom is to care about your children's well being, and to love them and be there for them. Once you start focusing on providing only the best, or completely ignoring yourself, things start to get dicey. Your mental health and well-being are compromised and you end up unhappy and stressed out, which can be a recipe for disaster. It is for me anyway.

So I propose a little exercise. When you get a spare moment, write down five things you accomplished today that you feel good about. There are no guidelines or criteria for why you think that particular thing made the list, that's up to your discretion. It's not about listing the five most incredible moments of life, but about what you feel good about.

What I Felt Good About Accomplishing Today:

1. 30 minutes of cycling
2. Washed all the bedding and put it back on before it got super wrinkled in the dryer.
3. Added items to my Goodwill box.
4. Passed by the bakery and didn't get a delicious slice of cake.
5. Helped Noah play soccer with some big kids in the park.

The point of this exercise is to stop selling ourselves short. Humility is indeed a virtue, but it's important to recognize that what we do every day is great too, even though there are no medals or speeches made in our honour for it. We all work hard and I don't think any of us give ourselves enough credit for it.

ROCK MOMMYHOOD! Have a wonderful weekend everybody. xoxo

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