“Mom, I sure wished you had cooked meals like this when I was young instead of all of those casseroles.”
“I hate you Mom. I wish you had never adopted me.”
“You are the worst mom ever!!”
“You guys are becoming “soft”. We would never have gotten away with all that these littles do.”
“Mom, here is a list of all the things you do wrong as a parent.”
“Cayce, are you sure you don’t want to continue working here?”
“You have your degree now, why aren’t you working too?”
“You don’t spend enough time with kids making good choices. You are just focused on the kids who are disobedient.”
“Parents, you will be judged on how well you taught your children.”
“Are you doing everything you can to be a worthy mother in Zion?”
“All you do is stay at home?”
“Maybe you should think about having a cleaner house.”
“All you ever do is complain about the house, our rooms, our chores, or doing yard work.”
These are some of the comments that come from being a mom. Some hurt more than others. Some cause more self reflection. Some just downright stink. Regardless, I am coming to realize that I can only be as good as I can.
I am going to make mistakes (OFTEN). I am going to fail repeatedly. The difference will be what I chose to do following my mistakes and failures. I will continue to get back up and do my best again and again. I am sure I will never get this parenting thing completely right but, I will do everything in my power and with my Heavenly Father to be the best I can be.
We all have our struggles and we all have our own agency to choose. What choice are you going to make when you are at your lowest. Mine will always start on my knees until I have the strength to stand again.