As adults, we’re pretty awesome at a lot of things. Truth, right? We handle lots of hard stuff like teaching, taking care of our homes, take care of our bodies, and find ways to manage finances. There is a lot to tackle.
Then there is this job called “parenting” that suddenly makes us feel inadequate.
Recently I wrote about my stages of parenting a child with challenging behavior. I think those stages apply to parenting all kids.
At first, there is denial, then there is self-doubt, then anger…and so on…I suffered a lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
I felt like I was failing at the most important task in my life.
We love these kids of ours with a love so fierce and strong, and yet, half the time we shake our heads and wonder if we’re getting it all wrong and why this parenting gig is so darn hard???
Can you relate?
Raising these hilarious, amazing, often unpredictable humans is a mix of conflicting emotions that I never expected to experience.
I knew that I didn’t want to spend my days feeling bad about myself and not being there for my kids (or my husband). I wanted to be present so how could I find my way back to parenting in a way that I wanted to and needed to?
I took a big step back and gathered my resources together. I got my home management binder together, I printed out my calendars, I planned meals, and I organized my sons’ activities.
I did everything a la carte. It took me FOREVER.
There’s one thing you already know.
Sometimes parenting is awesome. And sometimes it’s not so awesome.
But if you could find resources to help make it a little more awesome and a lot less hard?