A Good Mother

I have been a mother since I was 16 years old.  I am a biological mother and I am a stepmother.  I am a good mother.  I am a growing and learning mother.  I am not the same mother I was when I was 16 years old, and I am not the same mother I was last month.

I am a good mother because I never stopped being a mother.  I never gave up on myself, or the children I was put on this earth to mother.  I never abandoned anyone.

I am a good mother because no matter what struggles I had, and challenges presented to me on a personal and emotional level, I still loved my children.  Plain and simple.

I am a good mother because if I had a horrible day, not being a good mother-I woke up the next day with a fresh mind and heart and continued to do the best I could.

I am a good mother because I have learned how to forgive myself for my mistakes, no matter how big or how small.

I am a good mother because I don't allow my children to see when they have hurt me, or when things they say or do hurts me to the core.

I am a good mother because I keep my mouth shut, well-because I have learned to keep my mouth shut & pick my battles carefully.

I am a good mother because I did not step in and help my children when they thought I should help them, I let them figure it out on their own.  But little do they know, I was always watching to see them figure it out and would have stepped in and have stepped in when the time came.

I am a good mother, because I would cry myself to sleep some nights with the worry of just trying to be a good mother.

I am a good mother because I see my own flaws and the flaws of my children and I love them, and myself (now) unconditionally.

I am a good mother because of my mother, and the things she has taught me about life and about being a mother.  Things that I do myself as a mother-or things I chose not to do that she did as a mother.

I am a good mother because I talk to other mothers, giving them advice, support, understanding, and do not judge them for mistakes I can clearly see they are making-but not recognizing and I do not point those out to them.

I am a good mother.

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