My baby threw up during the night but I didn’t know until I got him out of his crib this morning. I felt terrible. Poor baby was sick during the night and I didn’t even know. I felt like a big fat mom fail.
After getting him cleaned up he was happy and because the kids don’t have school today I decided to take them to Chick fil A for breakfast. We had barely gotten on the freeway when he threw up again! Back home we went. Once again I felt like I failed.
Did I fail? Am I a mom failure? No. No I’m not. And neither are you. We are so hard on ourselves. We think if we don’t do things that are Pinterest worthy we have failed. Mom fail. Dad fail. Pinterest fail. That’s all a lie. We are not failures. In fact, we are doing surprisingly well. We are doing better than we think and better than we give ourselves credit for.
The other day I was having a rough day. Instead of dwelling on all the things I could and should be doing and all the things I felt I was failing at I started making a list in my head of all the things I had accomplished that day. It was longer than I expected. Even though I so wanted to crawl back in bed I felt so much better after I gave myself credit for all the things I had done that day.
Thomas S. Monson said, “As we arise each morning let us determine to respond with more love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”
That includes responding with more love and kindness to our own personal “failures”.
None of us are failures. We are just trying to do the best we can and that counts for something.
You count for something. You matter. You are important. And you are by no means a failure.