So, here it is… my first post… Finding My Voice!
I’m incredibly excited for this next phase in my life – (finally finding my voice), but at the same time, all those familiar doubts and insecurities that come with trying something new just keep creeping in. What if this doesn’t work? Will if I fail? Can I end up like my kids at the breakfast table, with egg all over my face? I’d be lying if I didn’t own up to these anxieties. How do I feel about putting myself “out there” on the world wide web for everyone to see? How do I feel about being totally honest, and vulnerable, about who I am and how I’m experiencing this wonderful thing we call MOTHERHOOD? Scared! This has the potential to get really messy, but then again, so does motherhood… So I’m going to put on my brave face and just dive in.
I am #onemessymama
As I write this I’m watching my 1 year old trying to take her first steps and it hits me: why wouldn’t I want to write about this!? This is my experience, which I want to share with other moms/dads out there who are just trying to do the best they can for their families.
I took a moment away from writing to enjoy the sight of my youngest daughter trying to stand by herself. A perfect moment! Only to have it interrupted by my 3-year-old running head first into her, resulting in a bloody nose (for the 3-year-old). That’s life… Perfect moments are sometimes interrupted, and the only thing we can do about it is take a deep breathe and try again. Because motherhood (all of life really) can be messy.
As parents, we strive to be everything that our children need, naturally. We have an image in mind of what kind of parent we need to be, and sometimes those images are skewed by what we read and “see” around us. Parenthood is not perfect, WE are not perfect, and YES, our kids are not perfect!!! Even though it is important to strive to be the best parents we can be, sometimes (strike that, most times) we fail. And you know what…
THAT IS OK!
I came across an article written by Catherine from “Choking on Applesauce” (LOVE the blog name!) It was such a good read for me because it was all about how our online voice matters.
We all have different ways of parenting, it won’t help a bit if we criticize and degrade others’ opinions and efforts. At the end of the day, we are all doing what we can. A little kindness goes a long way, you never know, your story might prove to be a big help or even an inspiration for another parent.
I hope that some of my stories, opinions, views and (dare I offer it) advice would be of help and inspiration to someone else.
ps. I have included the link to Catherine’s article below.
Take a read!