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  1. Reading this and thinking how my own husband would’ve squashed “Dadurday” like a bug – probably by obviously preferring little brother over her to teach her empathy for you. Parenting is so much more than games and hugs. It’s molding little people to be responsible and self-disciplined members of society. And love is also speaking truth. If E dawdles when she’s supposed to be moving, there’s nothing wrong with telling her to hurry up – reminding her the world doesn’t revolve around her and that’s she’s part of a community. 😉

  2. We definitely all have “those days”! Thanks for sharing! Nice to know I’m not the only one who totally looses it some days.

  3. I totally know where you’re coming from. I too have found myself yelling at certain times and I hate it. However, I think I do need to give myself credit for the great things I have done – self-acknowledgment is not wrong or selfish!

  4. Oh man, I needed this today. Thank you so much for your vulnerability and the encouragement. Such good advice, and something I will be taking to heart <3

  5. Yep, this is me. And I have way more patience with other people’s kids. But, I’ve noticed a LOT of parents are the same way. When my kids have a rough day I tell them, “We’ll try again tomorrow.” I’ve started saying this for myself as well. And sometimes I’ll say it about myself to my kids so they can see me acknowledging that I might not have been the best behaved as well.

  6. Yeller here too! I always had those “loud cousins”. You know the ones that ALWAYS yelled at the kids during family reunions… I always thought I’ll never ever communicate like that when I have kids of my own! Well, what do ya know? I have and I do. But it doesn’t make me a bad Mom by any means. It is something that I work on daily. I believe knowing what your best and worst qualities are as a Mom will only help with your personal growth, your relationship with your children, and your overall intentionality in Motherhood. Understanding we ALL have faults but it doesn’t make us failures is super important. I think of my flaws as a way to be more intentional about my role as a Mom. I focus more on improving them and at the same time be there for when my child needs me to nurture and love on him. Because It’s in those moments when I truly understand my “Rockstar Mom” status.

  7. I think it is important to take breaks. You may feel guilty because you are not playing with your kids enough, but you also need to do things that you like in order to have energy to spend time with the kids.

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