Sunday, February 16, 2014

motherhood is a choice: free printable {sunday parenting party}

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being a parent is tough work.  as the mom of a teenager and a preschooler, there are so many days when i wonder if i'll ever get it right.  our children challenge us beyond our wildest imaginations.  and not always in a bad way.  sure, there are those times when it feels like i wanna pull my hair out and cut off my ears so i can't hear one. more. complaint.  but there are also those times when my breath catches because i'm so overwhelmed at the amount of i'd-do-anything-for-you love i have for them.
 
so, when i came upon this quote about motherhood by Donna Bell i just fell in love with it and new i had to do something with it... 
 
"Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own.  To teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing, even when you're not sure what the right thing is, and to forgive yourself over and over again, for doing everything wrong."
 
how true is that?!  how many nights do we lay on heads on our pillows and revisit our self-perceived failures of the day?  and then beat ourselves up over the coulda shoulda wouldas of the situation.  i think that as mothers, we're often our own worst critics.  constantly comparing ourselves to our own mothers or grandmothers or that seemingly "perfect" mom in the playgroup.  but that's not how it's supposed to be.  we do what we can as best as we can for our kids.  is there room for improvement? always.  but there's a learning curve to parenting... nobody gets it totally right.  so stop beating yourselves up, sisters...  keep fighting the good fight and be loving when its hard to.
 
if you love this quote as much as i do, please grab yourself a free printable of it. 
 
it's available in 3 versions: black and white, cool colors, and warm colors.  all you have to do is click the image or the link below it to get your own copy!
 
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Now onto The Sunday Parenting Party hosted by Dirt and Boogers, Play Activities, Crayon Freckles, Taming the Goblin, The Golden Gleam, Prickly Mom, and The Tao of Poop! The SPP is place for readers to find ideas on nurturing, educating, developing and caring for children, as well as honest posts on the stresses of being a parent or caregiver. Reviews and Giveaways are welcome as long as they are relevant to the topic.

All parenting philosophies are welcome with one exception, please do not link posts promoting physical discipline as this is something we would feel uncomfortable having on our blogs.

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1 comment:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

This is lovely. Thanks for the free printable!

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