It’s no secret, y’all… Parenthood is hard. It’s so many sweet and happy times, but it’s soooooo much responsibility.
You come home from the hospital with this tiny little being who is completely and utterly dependent on you. It’s some pressure.
You worry, you don’t sleep much, and you love them more than you ever thought possible. You slowly get into a “groove” and most days feel like you’re coming out on top of the battle that is parenthood.
But then that teeny tiny little baby starts to grow, and you get to the point where you’re now not only trying to keep that baby alive and well, you’re trying to teach a little person how to be a good person. How to be patient, and kind, and respectful, and loving, and forgiving, and independent, and so so so many other things. You’re responsible for teaching your child how to be confident being themselves while also being a good member of the society they’ve come into.
It’s a lot. A LOT.
And sometimes? You feel like you’re still coming out on top of the battle that is parenthood.
And sometimes? You don’t.
Sometimes you have those days where you feel like each and every battle has been lost. You’ve lost patience. You’ve lost your temper. You’ve lost your confidence. You’ve lost that part of you that is a “fun” parent. You feel like you’ve lost your mind.
Those days… they suck. Plain and simple.
But, once you survive them, there’s an upside to those days. They are a place to grow from. They are a place to build more confidence in your ability to move forward. To keep trying. To celebrate the little victories when they’re reached.
They are a place to look back at… when you’re in the battles of morals and curfews and respect with a teenager. You can look back on these days when you came back from the “bottom” and took those would-be tantrums and calmed them. When you taught lessons, even if you weren’t sure they were sinking in or not. And they’ll be those times that you can say.. “I did that. And I can do this.”
So to those of you who may be fighting these battles, hang in there. Don’t beat yourself up for having the bad days. Take them for what they are. If you have to take a moment to let out what ever emotions you’re feeling, find the way to take that moment. Just don’t get stuck in it. You deserve the rebound and so does your little one.
Just know you’re not alone, and that you can do this… and you will.