Mom Struggles

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Do you ever have those moments where you just feel like you can’t do anything right?

That’s how I felt last night and have been feeling for the past couple of weeks actually. Specifically when it comes to PARENTING. Being a mom has been the most challenging job I’ve ever had…that includes teaching and coaching moody and emotional (not all of them!) high school teenagers! 

Since I stopped working, measuring myself as a mom is the only kind of real achievement I reach these days and it’s SO HARD. I feel like I can’t seem to get my daughter to do what she’s “supposed” to do according to all the parenting books.

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It’s all kind of hitting me because she’s been waking up in the middle of the night for the last couple of months— after being a GREAT sleeper. As I went to rock her last night I just broke down crying because I felt like a failure.

My brain was telling me I should be letting her cry it out, not rocking her back to sleep. Then I just started listing all the other “milestones” she hasn’t met and everything I was doing wrong as a mom. I can’t seem to win.

Do you ever feel like this?

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I’ve heard it gets easier with the second child, but right now I’m just feeling broken. I know these are lies in my head and deep down I know I need to do what is best for my daughter and me—but there are still so many boxes I’m trying to check! I see everyone else’s Facebook and Instagram posts and again I keep asking myself, “WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!” 

Liz reminds me day in and day out that God perfectly chose me to be the mom for my daughter. I really need to remind myself of this truth. I need to pat myself on the back for the things I am doing RIGHT instead of beating myself up for all the things I am doing WRONG.

And most importantly, I need to pray for God’s wisdom.

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I don’t need to listen to what the world says. Yes, there is great advice out there, but with my Type A personality it truly drains me mentally and physically when I attempt to keep up with what everyone else is doing.

If you’re feeling the same way I am, know you’re not alone. I’m a mom, struggling just like you. And I’m hoping we can encourage and love one another through this journey of motherhood.

Love, 

Angie


One Response to Mom Struggles

  1. christine cerveny says:

    Oh Angie; it’s OKAY…
    Raising my children (pretty much alone) was the hardest job in my life. You are doing just fine; keep it up. Everyday isn’t perfect. My first child was sooooo easy and my 2nd was kind of easy. However; I did what my common sense, morals, beliefs, God, my integrity…. etc. etc. etc. Jesus loves you.

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