How many of you mom’s have spent the past month dealing with sick kids? Well, I’m with you. The month of January has been a true struggle. This is not the way I intended to start 2018. My entire family has been sick off and on this month. From the stomach bug to days and days of the flu, it has felt like we would never all be well again. My oldest daughter’s eczema even flared up so much that her body was covered in scrapes which turned into a staph infection.
Now granted, I’ll take all the extra cuddles that sick kids give, but real mommy guilt sets in when you know there is nothing you can do to make your kids feel better. Not only that, I can’t help but wonder, “Is it something I did that made them so sick? Did I miss the hand sanitizer? Should we have skipped the playground? Was it too much junk food?” The list goes on and on.
I have found that I can either spend the entire day questioning myself as a mom and become buried in guilt or fight through my thoughts and be present with them. I choose to fight. In the bottom of my heart I am a wonderful mom to my two girls. I meet their needs of love, acceptance, and model how to be a healthy women physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yes, there is always room to grow and learn from other moms, but I choose to accept myself.
The Real Deal
Why do I write this today? #1 – I know I’m not the only one out there feeling this. #2 – Us women can become so consumed by negative thoughts that we can easily drown in them and miss the present. My ultimate purpose through this post and this blog is to spread the word that there is hope for your guilt. It begins with your beliefs. Look at your perspective, begin to switch your thinking, and even speak it out loud. Wear your Red Dress even on sick days!