I’m in the throes of the dreadful colic stage—both twins decided to fuss, cry and otherwise refuse to sleep for the last two hours or so. My husband and I have been playing tag team, switching between babies trying to pacify their loud cries. And after all that effort to comfort and finally quiet them down, they cry right back up again in three minutes. It hasn’t been a fun evening.
In the face of all these endless parenting failures, it’s easy to feel like nothing ever gets done. After all, the house is strewn with changing pads and burp rags, dinner is a struggle to cook, and babies don’t always nap despite the many frustrating attempts to help them do so.
That’s why I remind myself of what I am proud of. For instance, the other day, I decided to challenge myself and give both babies a bath and feed them at the same time… all by myself. I hadn’t done this yet, but the feeling of accomplishment that ensued was so gratifying.
The accomplishments can even be simpler. Sometimes squeezing in a nice long shower is in itself something to proud of. Or being able to vacuum a room. Or waking up a tad bit earlier to enjoy a cup of tea.
Another time, I was proud of myself for finally being able to take my older son out for a treat, even if only for banana bread and hot chocolate at Starbucks. I also felt proud when I took the same then-infant son out on a stroll all by myself without any fiasco.
I know in parenthood, days can sometimes feel like they’re filled with failures. Unlike most other jobs, parenting kids is never-ending. Just when you’ve succeeded in finally putting a baby down for a nap or calming a tantruming two-year-old, you know you’ll eventually face the same challenge again, and perhaps without much success.
And so it’s in these times that I encourage you to remember what you’re proud of today. From grand achievements to small victories, remember the positive aspects of what you’re able to accomplish, and you’ll realize just how far you’ve come along.
Read more about parenthood:
- These Are the Things Your Kids Will Remember About You
- How I Failed as a Mom… and Why It Wasn’t as Bad as I Thought
- I Don’t WANT to ‘Cherish Every Moment’: What I Won’t Miss about Parenthood
- How to Handle Raising a Child with Health Problems
- You’re Not Alone: 7 Supermom Things I Don’t Do Either
What are you most proud of today? What challenges did you take and end up feeling great for doing so?
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