Don't Apologize, Mama!
If you're reading this, you're probably overwhelmed and exhausted, just like me. Everything you do seems to get undone. The laundry baskets are overflowing, the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes and there are toys scattered on the floor everywhere.
It feels like the moment you finally have everything together, you don't.
It's a sucky feeling, that feeling of defeat.
But when you start to feel helpless, overwhelmed, and even depressed, give yourself a break.
And don't feel like you need to apologize for every little thing!
Don't apologize for being human.
Don't apologize for being exhausted because you're running off no sleep.
Don't apologize for being tired because you do everything for everyone and not one thing for yourself.
Don't apologize for the mess and not cleaning as the day goes on.
Don't apologize for ordering take out or heating up a frozen meal.
Don't apologize for locking yourself in the bathroom, crying, and wanting some alone time. You are a human being and you are allowed to pee in peace.
Don't apologize for needing help.
Don't apologize for not loving every moment of motherhood. It's not always fun and it's not always easy. And it can be freaking irritating.
And lastly, but also probably most importantly, don't apologize for contradicting yourself. You are a human being with multiple and diverse sides to your personality.
Because what we tend to forget is that exhausted, overwhelmed parents don't necessarily love their kids less. In fact, it's the exact opposite, we love our children so much we give every ounce of ourselves to them. We keep pouring from an empty cup but we forget to refill. We forget to care for ourselves too.
I have no tips to help you cope with the chaos of everyday life, because I don't know you're specific situation, but I'm here to remind you that you need and deserve to take a break.
Whatever the time or day, slow down. The laundry can wait. The dishes can wait. And a little screen time won't kill.
Do what YOU can to refill your cup.
A happy, healthy mama is what your family needs.