I think it is safe to say when it comes to motherhood we are our own worst critic. I know that I personally have such a hard time remembering to stop for a moment and see how well that I have raised my daughters so far.
With the growing amount of pressure that society and the media throw at us:
Lose your baby weight before you leave the hospital!
Gasp--you don't breastfeed?!
You must bottle feed!
Every mom needs to stay at home!
Go to work-women fought for your rights to do so!
You must make home cooked meals with preferably organic foods only, no sugar and definitely NO HAPPY MEALS!
You must maintain a spotless home!
Show me your gorgeous flowers outside in your perfectly landscaped yard!
I could honestly go on and on and on. So why is it that so many times other women--other moms--are our worst critics? The stress and anxiety that this causes is quite overwhelming to me. You would probably assume that by now, three children later, that I would let comments/snide remarks/snobby looks roll off of me. But honestly? It hasn't changed much since I had my Isabella almost 4 years ago.
Even while pregnant with her I would get comments from people about how I was doing this wrong, not supposed to do that, etc. It's enough to make us scream. Nobody is perfect. No parent is perfect. If it seems like they are? Rest assured that they are far from it. We're all human. We all are bound to make a mistake at some point in our lives raising our children.
I definitely have had those moments....and I still am to this day.
Nothing has prompted me to write this post. I just feel like sometimes, as a woman and a mom, that I need to give ALL of my readers a hug and reassure you all that you are doing an amazing job at being a mom. Nobody knows better than you what is best for your child, your family.
So, to my readers? Keep doing that fabulous job of being a mom. Nobody rocks it quite like you do!