Every Day, I Fail As A Parent

Every day, I fail as a parent.

Every day, I set expectations for myself I know I’ll never meet.

Every day, I yell at my children.

Every day, I am on my phone too much.

Every day, I forget something important I needed to do.

Every day, they get too much screen time and too little outside time.

Every day, there are clothes left unfoled and dishes left undone.

Every day, I lose it.

Every day, I wake up optimistic that today will be a good day, a productive day, a happy day.

Every day, I am wrong.

Am I cut out for this staying at home thing? Am I even cut out to be a mom? parentfailpin1

Every night, I say tomorrow will be better.

Every tomorrow is the same.

Every night, I cry and pray to be a better person, a better mom, but I don’t see evidence of change.

Every day, I try.

Every day, I show up.

Every day, I interact with my children.

Every day, I admit and apologize for my shortcomings.

Every day, I clean some portion of the house.

Every day, I tell my kids how much I love them.

Every day, I teach them something.

Every day, I do the best I can with what I’ve got.

Every day, I.Am.Here.

I am not a failure.

I am not a bad mother.

I am doing a good job, even if every day, I do not feel like it at all. 

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Myndee is a 35ish year old New Orleans area native. She's an author, speaker and self-love advocate. As an introverted extrovert, Myndee loves being part of the generation where most of her friends live in her computer. She and her husband, Luis, live just outside the city with their three kids.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for this post. I feel the same way nearly every day. And more when I’m pms-ing. Lol. At least we care, right? That makes us the best for our kids.

  2. Thank you for this! I feel like I’ve been in this same cycle for several months now. I toy with the idea of going back to work but then I start to feel guilty about the idea of leaving my babies.

  3. Myndee- awesome article, and you definitely speak the truth, woman. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who feels like I blew it day after day. But really, I guess I’m doing pretty well and not really blowing it. We all hold ourselves to such a high standard. My one and only new years resolution (I never make them)- is to not be so hard on myself. So far, I’m doing it. Don’t be so hard on yourself, you’re doing a great job and have a brood of happy healthy little kids as proof. 🙂 xoxo

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