To all the moms out there: you hereby officially have permission not to be perfect. Take a deep breath. Relax that furrowed brow. And put your feet up for a second. You’ve earned it.
So join me in a little laugh with Cat and Nat this morning as they remind us just how much pressure we moms put on ourselves to be perfect. I love how they can’t even say a few of these things mom’s worry about without laughing. Ladies, let’s give ourselves a little break and remember that if our kids are growing up to be decent human beings, we’re doing a pretty good job.
The fact is, it’s not all those extra little notes in our kids lunch boxes that make them grow into good people. In fact, when you take responsibility for building your kids’ self esteem, you’re not necessarily helping them. Self esteem is actually about having a sense competence and worth. To have healthy self esteem, your kids need to know they can make their own healthy lunch. So there you have it, more permission to offload some of this compulsive mom craziness. Kids build self esteem by knowing they are able to do more, which often means you need to do less.
If this chuckle isn’t enough for you to give yourself a break, or maybe you’re a little more militant today, then might I suggest that you go on strike. Seriously. There’s nothing like not having clean underwear to learn to appreciate the person who does your laundry. Read Mom’s of the world unite! It’s time to strike for a step-by-step guide to getting your family to realize how good they have it.