Tracy with Avery and Anna.
I sometimes think it must be terrible for my poor kids that they don’t have a mom who is more fashionable, worldly or sews kick-ass Halloween costumes. But we all have our strengths. As I’ve mentioned before, I believe we’re all paired up with our kids for a reason, and it’s to share our unique gifts and learn from each other. That doesn’t mean I never need to change, or grow, or learn and try new things — of course I do. And of course, my kids will too.
I saw a quote recently that went something along the lines of: “The cure for insecurity is to realize that you’re comparing your behind-the-scenes footage with everyone else’s highlight reel.” Love that. It’s so true. We can all be a little hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to parenting, focusing on the things we wish we were instead of patting ourselves on the back for all the great things we are.
Really, until they’re older, our kids have no idea we might not be the most fabulous moms and dads on earth. So why not believe it too, for as long as we can?
I wish I were a better cook (so my kids become great cooks), that I knew how to sew, was more physically fit and could be more patient. I yell too much, and my kids probably watch too much TV (and they definitely fight too much). But really, I do think I'm a good mom. I’m pretty sure that you are, too.
Here are three things I think Sean and I do well as parents:
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