This is me trying to get a picture with my young kids a few years ago.
Now, as teens, it's hard to get them to take a picture with me at all!
I wish the mom in this picture had the perspective, mindset, tools, and support that I do now. I read all the parenting books, talked endlessly about parenting to other moms, asked for help from teachers and experts. I searched high and low for someone who could tell me how to raise these children! Someone who could tell me exactly what to do and what not to do. I tried so many methods. I desperately wanted to do this parenting thing right. I was anxious, irritable, and unsatisfied and I didn't even realize it.
Turns out the answers lie within and not in all the books or with the experts. I had to look within me, take care of me, listen to me, talk to me.
This realization came after much inner work. Identifying my triggers, rewriting old stories that no longer serve me, setting healthy boundaries, and figuring out what self-care I need to be my best are just a few things that directly helped me to be a happier parent. It's not all sunshine and roses now but I know that I can handle whatever this parenting gig throws at me.
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