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Moms, You’re Enough!

Moms, You’re Enough!

Being a mom is the best job in the world. But let’s be honest here, sometimes it’s a tough job. There are days of sheer exhaustion when there’s not a scrap of energy left. (Well, at least for you—the kids still have plenty of it.)

There are moments when your children are sick and you’re worried, times when you’re up all night with them, washing load after load of laundry, dispensing medicines throughout the wee hours—and then you have to perform all day the next day as if nothing had happened.

And let’s not forget those mountains of laundry. Dirty clothes piled to the ceiling. A mountain of warm clothes on the couch waiting to be folded. And it’s never-ending.

Add in jobs, church, being a wife, fixing dinner each night, and countless other responsibilities, and it’s a wonder that any of us make it through those days.

I was reminded of that earlier this week when a family member with two little ones posted this on Facebook: “I haven’t been momming, wifing, adulting, or really humaning very well for the last couple of weeks. While driving, I let out a deep, cleansing sigh. Lovella, concerned, said ‘It’s ok, mommy. You’re enough.’” Wise words from a little girl who’s not quite three yet.

Did you get that, moms? You’re enough! Your children don’t require perfection from you. Even God doesn’t require perfection from you—so why do you put so much pressure on yourselves?

It’s enough that you love them, that you’re there to kiss boo-boos and give goodnight hugs and kisses. It’s enough that you feed them, even if it’s just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a bowl of cereal.

They don’t care that the house isn’t spotless or that the floors don’t shine like a mirror. It’s enough that you sit on that floor and play with them, that they have a home where love echoes from the walls.

Your teen doesn’t care that you don’t have all the answers. It’s enough that you’ll sit and listen to them. That you’ll give your best advice when asked for. That you’ll pray for them each day.

And on those days when you look in the mirror and the image looking back at you has bags and dark circles under her eyes, hair that hasn’t been combed, and wrinkles that showed up out of nowhere, it’s still okay. You see, love and joy are the best cosmetics ever. And that’s what your children see when they look at you. It’s enough.

So next time you’re walking through one of those bleary-eyed exhausting days and you’re giving yourself a hard time, remember this lesson from a precious little girl and whisper, “I’m enough.”

By: Michelle Cox is the creator/developer of the Just 18 Summers® brand of parenting resources and products. Her novel, Just 18 Summers(co-authored with Rene Gutteridge), is available now. Michelle would love to speak at your event! Visit her at www.just18summers.com, on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/just18summers and www.Facebook.com/MichelleCoxInspirations, and on Twitter @michelleinspire.

Join us at www.just18summers.com for our parenting blog each Monday-Friday and for info about the Just 18 Summers novel.

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