Saturday, May 9, 2015
Do We Get Points for Trying?
It’s the eve before Mother’s Day.
I’m at Target, on the floor holding my youngest son down while he kicks and screams at the end of the men’s razor aisle, convinced that I have ruined his life.
What set him off you may wonder?
I told him that he couldn't bring his DS into the store.
I know everything would’ve been much easier if I let him stay glued to his electronics, and I admit I’m guilty of this sometimes for just that reason, but I really do try to help him blend into our world.
At dinner tonight I cut off all the seeds on his strawberries. Every itty, bitty, tiny seed. It was my attempt to have him eat something he refuses in order to help improve his diet.
The strawberries sat naked in their dish, shamelessly seedless. And unfortunately uneaten.
Are there points for trying?
So often us moms face failure as a parent. We go the extra mile, we follow through with the consequence, we even dare to make a scene in Target while other parents look on. Yet the outcome is epic failure.
But I have to believe that we still get points for trying.
Tonight I want to honor all the moms who have walked in my shoes. Who feel that no matter how much they try, they never get it right. I want to send praises your way, to let you know that I acknowledge you and your efforts. I have read your emails, I have sat across from you over coffee, I have seen you rise to the occasion when your child was in full meltdown mode, and got your message when you cried after. I am thinking of you tonight. Some of you I know personally, some of you I have never met, yet I want you to know that I SEE you. You are an amazing mom. You are doing the best you can everyday. You are making a difference!
Happy Mother’s Day Mama!
(And in case you’re wondering, YES we do get points for trying, and a few bonus points along the way for never giving up!)
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I noticed that this is my 601 blog post. Wow, I can’t believe it. Thank you all for still reading after all these years. I am so grateful to have you along my side on this unexpected journey. You have helped me in more ways than you could ever know. Thank you!