Do you ever have moments of doubt as a Mother? Did I say the right thing, do the right thing, did I yell too much, am I too strict, too lenient, too silly, not silly enough? Those kinds of doubts? I do.
I am constantly evaluating and re-evaluating my job performance as a Mom. I tend to be critical of myself anyway but I think that we can only grow through self-evaluation.
Last Monday when Caroline won the Spelling Bee, it was one of my finest moments as a Mother. I had this sudden burst of pride that I taught this child to read, I taught her most of what she knows and I've made the right choices for her to bring her to this place. With all my moments of self-doubting, I needed that moment of "good job Tracie." Even if I was the only one there to pat myself on the back.
I guess the point of this post is to tell all my Mommy blogger friends not to be hard on yourself as a Mom. We all have moments where we are less than perfect examples of what a parent should be but then there are times, like Monday, where we know we're doing something right. Give yourself a pat on the back from me today for all you do for your children. In case they never tell you - allow me to say thank you for feeding them, washing their clothes, reading to them, kissing and hugging and all the other tiny things that add up to be great things.
And hey...stay cool. :)