This is me. Right now. Trying not to pull my hair out.” Sarah Cottrell wrote, and thousands of parents immediately related to her exact expression.
Parents that stay at home full-time know just how hard it is to keep up with the hundreds of things that need to get done each day – there just aren’t enough hours – and feeling like everything will come crashing down at any moment just comes with the territory.
Cottrell was at her wit’s end and decided to share her feelings…and it went viral.
I have been trying to finish the laundry I started yesterday and do the dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher because I AM THE DISHWASHER.) My oldest son is bouncing off the walls (literally, there is a frigging dent in the wall), my middle wild child just bonked his head while spelunking in the linen closet and now has an ice pack on his developing egg, and the baby – pictured here – is either starting to teethe or is testing out the theory that if she screams loud enough and for long enough that I will actually cry. CRY.
Getting anything done in this house is dizzying. I haven’t showered, eaten, or even gotten dressed for that matter and it’s already after 2pm.
And you know what? I don’t feel ‘blessed’ in this moment. I feel frustrated and tired.”
The movies make it look so easy. The moms in television shows always have a spotless house and a clean kitchen. The floors aren’t littered with miscellaneous toys and dirty laundry. The standards shouldn’t be as high as they are for stay-at-home parents, and when they are inevitably (and consistently) not met, it makes parents everywhere feel as if they have “failed” somehow. But she has a different opinion, and it’s why her words have hit home for so many.
But that’s what parenting is, right? It’s this crazy journey that is mostly rewarding but pock marked by crappy days like this one. These are the if-it-doesnt-kill-you kind of days. I file these moments away in my heart for when I need to remind myself that I am only one person. Like every other mom, I am trying my best to do this right. And I totally screw it up at least a dozen times a day.
I won’t ever color neatly inside the lines of motherhood, but I love my kids with all my heart. And right now while the sink is full of dirty dishes, at least one kid is whining, and I smell faintly of pee and spit up (don’t ask) that big feeling of love is all I got.”
Right on, mom.
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