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You have only one child.
You have multiple children.
You are pretty sure you like the children that you have...you would just prefer to poop in private every once in a while.
You breastfed your child for a day or a year or even longer.
You made the choice to not breastfeed your child for personal or medical reasons.
Sometimes you wonder why you ever decided to have a child.
You feel bad that thought just crossed your mind and deep down you wouldn't change your life if you even had the chance.
You make it to every single school, sport or extra curricular function your child ever participates in.
You make it to the performances that you can and let your child know how much you wish you could see more.
You walk around with poop smeared on your arm for hours before your husband gets home from work and asks what it is.
You cook a balanced healthy dinner and sit around your dinner table every single night as a family.
You order pizza or stop at McDonalds on the way home instead.
You choose to be a stay at home mom.
You choose to have a career because you love it, need it or just have to have it.
You can make up elaborate stories and songs on the spot that your child insists on hearing over and over again.
You can't come up with stuff like that under pressure so you read them a book instead.
You are single and doing it all on your own.
You are raising your child with your village.
You spend all of your time fulfilling your child's day with crafts, learning and fun activities.
You take a little time for yourself and blog or play Candy Crush while the kids fend for themselves a bit. (Damn you Level 33!!!!)
You never go out at night because you want to be home with your child, need to be home with your child, or don't have the funds to go out for the evening anyway.
You get a sitter and head out for a night on the town regularly.
You allow your child to bang the back of your hand with a toy, no matter how much it hurts you, so they will lay still just long enough for you to change their damn diaper.
You live in a big beautiful home that you own.
You live in a tiny apartment or a shelter or in a basement of a family member or friend.
You get out and get a haircut or manicure regularly.
You haven't had a haircut or pedicure in you have NO idea how long.
You have a cocktail (or four) with dinner.
You are not a drinker.
You are following all of your hopes and dreams.
You have lost sight of all of your own hopes and dreams because you are focused on those of your child.
You conceived, birthed and carried your child.
You got pregnant by accident.
You adopted, inherited or otherwise acquired a child not from your womb.
You gave up your child for adoption because you knew that was best for them.
You had an abortion or made the conscious decision to never have a child for your own reasons, knowing it was best for the unborn child.
You loved every moment of being pregnant.
The thought of ever being pregnant again sounds like as much fun as being dragged from the back of a semi down the highway.
You love your child no matter how furious or disappointed they can make you, at times.
You home school.
You send your child to public or private school.
You have no idea how to help them with their math homework because it is nothing like the way you used to do it when you were a kid.
You travel with your child and show them new and exciting places around the world.
You have never even left the state with your child.
Travelling with children scares the ever living s#!t out of you or sounds like pure parental torture.
You run a "tight ship" and everything is scheduled and in order.
You have no schedule.
You keep an immaculate house.
Your house looks like a hurricane blew through it or you hire someone else to clean it for you.
You are tired a lot of the time.
You drank three Red Bulls to get you through the day.
You are a machine and need no substances to assist you!
You make s#!t up all day long, sometimes to the point of exhaustion.
You can see where I am going with this. We moms are as unique and beautiful as snowflakes. We know our children and our families and what is best for them. We all do things a little bit, or a lot a bit, differently. Our ultimate goals are the same, though. We are raising children to the best of our abilities. We can be so critical on ourselves with each decision, no matter how simple, hard or superficial they may seem. We can only do our best. As long as we love them unconditionally, there will forever be hope in our successes.
You are doing a good job. How's that for a daily affirmation?!
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