To the mom wondering how something you wanted so much is so incredibly harder than you imagined, and at times more tiring than you can handle.
To the mama hiding in the bedroom with the door shut, so no one sees her crying, makeup running down her face, but she comes back out with a smile in a few minutes.
To the mama wondering how am I going to keep doing this day in and day out.
To the mama who feels like she can’t take another step forward, who feels stuck and overwhelmed.
To the mama counting the seconds till bedtime.
To the mama who feels guilty over every thought that didn’t match her idea of being a good mother.
To the mom who feels she’s nothing but mom anymore.
To the mom who misses freedom.
It is worth it.
You are valuable.
You are priceless.
Your kids don’t see your flaws nearly as intensely as you do.
Your kids know they are loved.
Your kids trust you.
Your kids feel safe with you.
Your are doing a good job.
Maybe sometimes not stellar.
But trust me, you’re doing better than you realize.
Cut yourself some slack today mama.
Every time you’ve ever felt that you couldn’t possibly go on,
You were able to then.
You are able to now.
Give yourself grace.
You aren’t called to never fail.
You are called to go on no matter how many times you do.
You can do it mama.
I believe in you.
Take another deep breath mama.
Wipe the tears form your own face today, as you have wiped them from your children so many times before.
You are worth so much, to your kids, and just for being who you are.
You are more able than you have believed.
You can do it,
and it’s worth it.
One day you’ll look back, and you will see, you taught your kids perseverance.
You taught your kids unconditional love and acceptance, by you not giving up.
You taught them it’s OK to not be perfect.
That messing up and trying again means so much more than that anyway.
And, you’ll thank yourself one day, when you see the effects of sticking with it.
It is tiring because you are doing your absolute best.
It is tiring because they matter to you deeply.
It is tiring for all the right reasons mama.
Because your heart is fully in it.
And it will be OK,
because you aren’t failing them,
by questioning if you can go on.
One day at a time mama.
I know you can do it.
I believe in you.
Hold on, and breathe.