my husband and i are blessed with two cutie pie kiddos, known on this blog as “the boy” and “sweet girl”. they bring us great joy, help me see life in new ways and remind me to take in the small things.
but if i’m being honest, thoughtful parenting has been harder than i thought it would be, and i feel unskilled and clumsy more times than i would like. and they know. when mommy is relaxed and cheery, they play off my energy and the good times roll. but when i’m feeling impatient and grumpy, it’s not long before we’re all down in the dumps.
not long ago, i started acknowledging my humanness to my children on paper. a simple, handwritten note that speaks to the day. of course, being nine and (almost) three years old, they don’t file my letters under “incredible acts of love and tradition” the way i’d like them to. but one day, they will hopefully say that mommy taught them that there are good days and yuck days, and both are okay. all our feelings are valid. so if we have a tough day or a great one...embrace it and share it. because mostly people just want to be loved and acknowledged.
my dear child,
i’m sorry i was so serious today. sometimes it feels hard for me to forget about all the things i have to do and just be silly with you. but i’m going to try harder. i’m going to work on having more fun, smiling more often, and laughing a lot. because even though it may not seem like it some days, there is nothing more important to me than being with you.
[admittedly, this post has nothing to do with fashion or style. but i am talking to the mommy set (like our tagline says) and much of our focus is our kids. so ever now and then i will chat about motherhood - its triumphs and its challenges. hope you don't mind.]