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I’m up pretty late tonight reflecting on the day I’ve had with C. She’s 20 months old and a toddler in every way. Without going into much detail on my own childhood (because that’s not what this post is about), I constantly worry about what kind of mother I am to C, whether I’m doing the right things for her, whether or not I’m balancing love and direction, etc. I, like many parents, worry that I’ll somehow screw her up. I’m doing the best I can but there are times where I find myself losing patience with her when she misbehaves (/acts like a toddler). We both end up frustrated and upset and I feel guilty. I feel guilty for raising my voice at her more than I probably should. I feel guilty when she cries after I’ve yelled.
Parenting is a massive responsibility and it doesn’t come with a handbook. I can’t expect C to be perfect, she’s a toddler and she’s learning about the world, about her limitations, and about what’s expected of her. So I’m just going to start taking it one day at a time.
Today I will:
- Be more patient.
- Slow down.
- Praise her more.
- Raise my voice less.
- Offer more hugs and kisses (I think we both will benefit from this one).
After having been laid off from work in August, I’ve been a full-time stay at home parent. It is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done but it’s also the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. Each day is filled with memories, bonding, and learning experiences for both of us.
I’ve written and re-written a closing for this blog post but I can’t seem to find the right words to say so I’ll end it with a question for other parents. I’m sure we’ve all felt the way I’m feeling from time to time (it has to be natural, right?!). What will you do for your family today?