I received a fist pump with the words “mad props to single moms” from my male coworker. He voiced to me the challenge it is to raise a child and he is married. He told me he thought very highly of single parents. Having that recognition was truly encouraging. It gave me a little extra oomph.
Parenting in and of itself is hard. I don’t care who you are, it is hard. And so many are afraid to say that for fear of being judged as a bad parent. Admitting struggles is not a form of weakness. It takes courage to voice what others are afraid to say out loud. There is such a pressure around being a parent who has it all together. Well, that just doesn’t exist. Every single parent at one point or another, or at multiple points in one day, falls short. That’s called being human, and most likely, sleep deprived.
I LOVE to hear stories from other parents about their child throwing a tantrum because they gave them the blue cup instead of the orange cup. Or the kid that threw their self down in the middle of Walmart because they couldn’t push the shopping cart that they inevitably run into fixtures and people. That last one is my kid…
I say embrace your reality. Share. Bond. Lean on one another. We all need it. If not for support, then the comedic relief! We all have stories and experiences to share. I have found that when I let others in on my day to day, I am reassured that I am not alone and get wonderful tips and parent hacks. Like putting coffee grounds on vomit to take away the smell and dehydrate it. You are welcome.
Oh, and don’t forget, strong coffee.