You Know What, Mama? You’re Doing Good.

Instead of worrying about the things you aren’t doing, think about the ways you’re making life awesome for your family. This reminder that you’re #doingood is sponsored by Minute Maid and Socialstars. #minutemaid

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There’s so much that I’d planned to do over the past 6 years that I haven’t had the chance to get around to. The baby book that’s sitting on the shelf with pages to be filled in, thousands of photos waiting to be catalogued in albums, and years worth of memories that were made but still need to be memorialized before they fade away.

I can’t seem to find the time to get it all done, and it’s not just the photo albums, either.

There isn’t enough time to make dinner every single night, and we’re ordering out way more often than I want to. My schedule doesn’t permit me to sign Ayva up for the gymnastics and dance and theater classes she wants to take, so she’s only in Girl Scouts and choir right now. I’ve only been able to volunteer a couple of times at her school this year so far. I made plans to go to the pumpkin patch and then double-booked so we missed it.

See what I mean? Not enough time.

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When I look at other moms, women who find the time to get it all done, and be everywhere, and do everything, I sometimes feel like I’m not cutting it. If I were a better mom, my family would have a home cooked meal every night. My daughter would be in all of the activities. And those darn pictures? They’d be neatly in albums proving, chronologically, how awesome I am as a mom.

Instead, I have to rely on the fact that my daughter is perpetually happy. She didn’t seem to mind the pizza that I ordered the other night. She loves digging through the bags of photos that we have, and doesn’t care if the pictures are in order or not. She just enjoys spending time with me, no matter what we’re doing. When I look at her, it becomes clear that I’m #doingood.

We have to stop beating ourselves up, Mamas. There’s no formula for being a perfect mom, and really, we don’t need one anyway. We just need to do our best and work to be good to our children. And you know what? We need to be good to ourselves, too.

If you care and worry about your children, then you’re #doingood! Take a moment today to remind a fellow parent that they’re #doingood and celebrate everything they do by caring for their children every day.

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