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I thought I knew guilt, I thought I knew worry and then I became a mother and I REALLY got acquainted with guilt and worry on a whole new magnified level because it is no longer just about me, it was now about how I am affecting these beautiful children I’m lucky enough to call mine: mis hijas queridas.
The guilt is real and powerful and intense because at the end of my life I just know that what will matter the most to me is how I did by my kids. In the present, I want my children to walk through this world certain that I love them with every fiber of my being and that even when they aren’t in my sight they are in my heart.
So if you were to ask me how I think I’m doing as a mother, what do you think my answer would be? Ugh, my answer is that I fail at it every single day in a myriad of ways: I lose my temper sometimes, I raise my voice when it isn’t necessary, I rush instead of truly savoring every single moment, I don’t cook as much as I should and so on.
I would get really, really down on myself about it, but the thing is that I’m lucky because my children are nowhere near as hard on me as I am on myself and that’s the upside of my mom guilt, that it belongs to me and isn’t really a true reflection of how my children feel about me. I know this because I can see it in the way their eyes light up when I pick them up from school, I can feel it in their hugs when they snuggle up against me, I can hear it in their voice by the way they say “mamá” because wrapped inside of that title is their love.
My children make me feel incredibly special, but I want all moms out there who worry about how well they are doing by their children to know that they are special too and that they are #DoinGood in the eyes of their kids. Don’t believe me? I have proof!
Grab a pañuelo and get ready to get your lagrimas on as you check out this new video from the good gente at Minute Maid to see the difference between how mothers judge themselves and how their children judge them. It’s powerful, emotional stuff.
You see what I mean? As a mother this really makes me feel so much better about my flaws and perceived shortcomings. Please share this video with friends and family in your life who could use a reminder that they, too, are doing a great job as a parent because kids don’t always tell you what a great job you’re doing even when they think you are doing a GREAT job.
Tell me about someone you know who is doing a better job as a parent than he/she might think.
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