It's so easy as a parent to feel like you're doing it all wrong, like you're failing, like you're not enough for your kids. However, Bethany Jacobs, a mom of two and creator of the Latched and Attached support group for moms, wants every parent to know that whether those types of thoughts in your own head are fleeting or if they consume your days, you are not alone, and you are enough.
Her touching and important message begins by addressing different types of moms, one or more of which you may identify with yourself:
To the mom hiding in her bathroom, needing peace for just one minute, as the tears roll down her cheeks . . .
To the mom who is so tired she feel likes she can't function anymore and would do anything to lay down and get the rest she needs . . .
To the mom sitting in her car, alone, stuffing food in her face because she doesn't want anyone else to see or know she eats that stuff . . .
To the mom crying on the couch after she yelled at her kids for something little and is now feeling guilty and like she is unworthy . . .
To the mom that is trying desperately to put those old jeans on because all she really wants is to look in the mirror and feel good about herself . . .
To the mom that doesn't want to leave the house because life is just too much to handle right now . . .
To the mom that is calling out for pizza again because dinner just didn't happen the way she wanted it to . . .
To the mom that feels alone, whether in a room by herself or standing in a crowd . . .
You are enough. You are important. You are worthy."
Jacobs continues, reminding readers that motherhood is hard for everyone in many different ways, and that we all go through challenging and crazy phases as parents, but in the end, it will all be worth it. Most importantly, she notes that no one is ever alone.
"We don't always talk about it, but it's hard and it's not just you," she wrote. "You are enough. You are doing your best. Those little eyes that look up at you — they think you are perfect. They think you are more than enough. . . . Those little hearts that reach out to touch yours — they don't want anything more. They just want you. Because you are enough. You are more than enough, mama. You. Are. Amazing."