Hey, Mom. You’re Doing OK.

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You're Doing OK, Mom.
source: Paul Hocksenar

I had this conversation with a friend tonight. We had a small group game night, enjoying snacks, fellowship, and a lot of laughs. My friend has a little boy just a few months older than Joshua. He is her first child, though, and Joshua is my third. And she’s a little bothered by his whining and fussing and how he is an angel for everyone else but her.

Oh, I’ve been there. Libbie is the Queen Mother of only misbehaving at home. She’s been in preschool all year and has never had one of her behavior “coins” removed. Her preschool teacher gawks if I tell her some of the things Libbie says at home.

But you know what? As I told my friend, I think it’s the better way. It means my child feels safe at home and believes I will still love her no matter how she tests me. Some days, it drives me to the brink of insanity. But still, I’d rather she test me than drive her teachers and others crazy with misbehavior.

I don’t think my friend, the first-time mom, had ever heard that theory. And it seemed to relieve her – just as it does me.

Sometimes we just need to hear that our parenting journey is not so abnormal. I sure don’t have any answers, but I do have three kids now, so I’ve been through the baby phase thrice in the past six years! Whether it’s good advice or not, I have some to dole out. And whatever awful thing your kids has done, I bet one of mine has done it, too.

In honor of Mother’s Day next week, I want to tell you: YOU ARE DOING OKAY. Way better than you think.

JOHNSON’S Baby wants you to know that you’re doing a great job, too. That’s why they created this adorable video. And for every view of the video on YouTube, they’re donating $1 to Save the Children, up to $50,000.

When has someone told you, “You’re doing OK, Mom!” and it meant a lot to you?
Here’s one of my favorite stories about that.

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3 thoughts on “Hey, Mom. You’re Doing OK.

  1. Actually when I was a brand spanking new mom I remember one time just curling up in the fetal position and crying because I could. not. get. the. baby. to. stop. crying. She eventually stopped and I remember calling a friends and confessing I was doing everything wrong and feeling overwhelmed. Her words were life saving to me. She simply said, “That is totally normal. Every new mom feels that way. You are doing a great job.” I cannot tell you how much that meant to me.

  2. I think that’s so true. It’s why we are much meaner to our husbands than we ever would be to a friend. Not that it’s right, but it’s comforting to know that we can let it all hang out and they still love us. Same with kids. We do need to expect obedience and all that jazz, but it’s totally normal for a child to behave better for everyone else than her own mother. Hang in there! It doesn’t necessarily get easier, but it definitely changes with each phase. They won’t be 3 forever. 🙂

  3. This is SO important. I think it’s the biggest gift we can give each other as fellow moms. Having a newborn (wait – what’s the technical definition of “newborn” – is 4 months still newborn??) is rocking my world. I feel like a complete failure who only succeeds in letting people down. Having those “you’re okay, mom” conversations with sweet friends is just about the only thing getting me through some days!

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