Have you ever been in a situation where you were made to feel like you've made a mess of things? How did you react? Are you the type of person that stands up for yourself and your values? Do you let yourself get rattled by what other people think of you? Do you let someone's judgement of you alter how you parent?
There are times I wish I could let "the issues" roll off my shoulders. Instead, I usually take things to heart and overanalyze a situation until my head hurts. Why is that? Why can't I just have confidence that I did my best and say, "Well, some folks will never understand."
When this happens do you have someone you can confide in? Do you have girlfriends that you can call and just vent to while knowing they completely "get you" (and still love you). I sure hope so. Friends are the life rafts we need to stay afloat on the rough sea. They help us figure situations out and sometimes they just help us by letting us cry.
It's not always easy to open up to someone about certain events that are taking place in your life. I know sometimes I feel like I don't want to burden anyone with my "small issues." The thing is when I listen to that voice and don't say anything; what once was a small issue has then grown into a big ol' mess in my head.
I've been keeping something inside for a few weeks and this week when I met a friend of mine for coffee I couldn't hold it in any longer. I let it all go and you know what? She stood up, gave me a hug and said, "I've been there, I understand. You are an amazing Mom and I love ya." I cannot describe how much I needed to hear those words. Parenting is hard and it's messy. We all make mistakes and we all need support in raising our young ones. That is really it in a nutshell. It takes a village. Help me, don't judge me. I'm just me trying my best...my best to stay afloat in what is sometimes a stormy sea!
Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do. ~ Matt Walsh
Hi I'm Jen, married to my best friend for 16 years and a Mom to 3 beautiful, energetic daughters. My blog is about life, learning to live with Grace and Girls Raised In The South (GRITS). Thanks for spending some time in my small part of the world! I hope you find a story you can relate to and you'll want to come back!
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