Many mothers struggle with not feeling like a good enough mom. There are several reasons why this is so. One of the main reasons is because being a mom is hard, plain and simple. But, regardless of why you feel like you could be doing so much more, you need to first know that being a mom is enough.
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Here are 10 reasons why being a mom is enough:
1. Being a mom is enough because being a mom TAKES ALOT
Some people say being a mom is hard. Some people say it is easy. Regardless of if you find motherhood difficult or easy, I think we can all agree that it takes alot. It takes time, energy, thought, emotions, trials, love, patience.
Motherhood takes and takes and takes. And sometimes it seems like it doesn’t give much in return.
2. You love with all your heart
You’ve loved your child since he or she was just a glimmer of hope. Maybe you tried to conceive for ages and one day you finally got your little blessing. Maybe your child was a complete surprise, but you anxiously awaited his or her appearance Earth-side.
Maybe you didn’t really connect during pregnancy, but as soon as your baby was a real, actual being, you cared for him or her diligently. Even when you were tired. Even when you felt like you couldn’t give another ounce.
You devoted your life to raising your child(ren) and you’ve tried to make sure your children know that you love them with every passing moment.
3. You make sure your kids have what they need.
Kids are needy. From the moment they are born, they require so much of us. They require our care and attention 24 hours a day at first. And sometimes those 24 hours seem more like 3,462.
We have to sometimes push our desire for food and sleep to the side to do what needs to get done.
We sometimes have to neglect our own needs for a time to make sure our children have their needs met.
4. You are selfless and kind and often put their needs above your own.
You are putting a human life above your own.
You are consciously choosing to do this thing over and over again.
You have decided to give your child the best you can, even if it means surrendering.
You are selfless and you are kind. You make sure your baby is taken care of. You make sure your child knows that your love is overwhelming and endless.
5. You care for your baby even if it sometimes seems like a thankless job.
You’re not doing this for a round of applause. You’re not doing this for a trophy.
You are doing this for the simple fact that you love your child and it needs to be done. You are doing this for the sole reason that your baby deserves love and attention, even if he or she cannot give much in return.
You get the satisfaction of making it through yet another day with your child alive and you holding on to some semblance of sanity.
You are more than enough. You are amazing!
6. You revel in every little thing your child does, even if it’s something all children do.
Your child doesn’t have a bigger cheerleader than you. You show how proud you are in a million and one ways.
You’ve been excited about what your child does since babyhood and the days of ah-goo! There’s no wrong your baby could do, and every cry, every whimper, ever little root, root, root for some more food has left you in awe.
And now that your child is older, every new word, every step, every little thing he or she learns leaves you in wonder at how amazing your sweet baby is!
Your body did an amazing thing bringing this little one you love so much into this world. How could you not be enough as a mom?
7. You give and you give and you give, even when it feels like you have nothing left to give.
Even when you’re all out of… gives, you’re still giving. You’re still listening and doing and kissing and hugging and feeding and cleaning and doing and doing and doing.
You somehow find the energy to do a little more than you ever thought you could, because your tank is running on love.
You sometimes think there’s no way you’re going to be able to do this again tomorrow. There’s no way you can do the bedtime battle yet again tonight. There’s no way you can clean this mess or drive to this event or even get out of bed.
But then, somehow you do it. Because you are SUPER. You are mom.
8. You wonder if you’re doing enough
You have your doubts about being a good enough mom. You read everything you can about how to be a good parent. You question and sometimes you ask others.
You care about being a good mom.
You care deeply about parenting well.
This is the #1 sign that you are doing your best as a mom, and that being a mom is important.
Who else is going to care about your child so deeply?
9. You’d do anything to put a smile on your little one’s face.
You play comedian. You kiss boo boos. You tickle and you read. You watch movies with your sweet child, and you laugh at all the not so funny jokes.
You care about making your child happy. You delight in his or her smiles.
You know how precious it is to have a child who is happy and knows how loved they are.
10. Your child loves and appreciates you just for being there, even if they can’t or don’t say so.
So, you’re not the Pinterest perfect mom who provides crafting opportunities for every single holiday.
You’re not the social media mom who takes awesome photos of your child doing amazing things what seems like every single second of the day.
You’re not the mom with a full face of makeup and you don’t have kids who behave perfectly.
You don’t have the perfect body, and you feel like you’re wasting your potential.
Your child doesn’t care about any of that. You are exactly where you need to be right now. You are the perfect mom for your child, and your child couldn’t be any luckier!
I hope this post helps you to realize that you are doing an awesome job mothering.
You are giving your children the unconditional love that they need and crave. You’d do anything for those kids, even on your worst day.
You are selfless, and kind, and loving, and thoughtful, and caring, and doing what you need to do to ensure your child has a safe and loving upbringing.
You are parenting the way your child needs you to, and rest assured that you are absolutely doing enough. Being a mom is enough, and you should never, ever doubt that!