My quote was taken from a blog post I wrote for Liberating Working Mom’s last spring after I attended the Hearts at Home Conference in Bloomington. After I came home from the conference, I reflected on my thoughts and was contacted by Jill regarding my post. Her book, “No More Perfect Moms” is the ideal book to read to address many of the thoughts and feelings I struggle with daily as a mother. Jill not only provides advice that can be utilized in our daily lives, but gives examples that remind us that we are all simply human. None of us are perfect — even if it appears that way on Facebook.
I struggle a great deal with perfection in my mothering — to be honest, I struggle with it in all facets of my life — but parenting has been the motherload. For sure. I want to be the best mom for my kids. I want to be the best for my kids. I want my kids to have perfect childhoods and amazing memories. I want them to have everything. And sometimes, that pressure can be completely overwhelming.
I’ve been told — both online and in real life — that I have the appearance of having it all together. That I look like I know what I’m doing — like I have balance — like I’ve found the magic potion that makes this parenting gig easy. And I’m always quick to say that truly isn’t the case at all. While I may look like I have it all together on the outside (sans shower, mind you…) in my head, it’s a totally different story. I question everything from what my kids are eating for dinner to how many sight words a five-year-old should know. While I definitely pay attention to the details, I struggle just as much as every other mother I know – if not more so — because internally I’m driving myself crazy over the details.
Jill’s book, “No More Perfect Moms” is a good antcedote to this mindset. It’s a gentle reminder that sometimes it’s okay to serve cereal for supper, that sometimes we will fail, and sometimes our kids won’t be perfect either. After reading this book, I’d recommend it to any mom who struggles with these issues like I do. However, I will forewarn you that it is a Christian book with many references to God and having God in your life. If that isn’t something you embrace, I still think you can gain a lot from the book.
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