Sunday, June 04, 2006

AM I A BAD MOTHER?
I don't do much:
  • cooking
  • "playing"
  • yelling
  • scaring my kids with angry words/moods

I do a lot of:

  • laughing
  • loving
  • caring
  • advocating
  • planning

I may not enjoy a family board game, but I have created entire school programs so that my children can function educationally.

I may not be out in the backyard throwing a ball, because I am in the kitchen making my kids their favorite snacks and calculating the medicinal needs for the following week.

I may not sit and watch TV with my kids, because I am using that time to develop a whole school that will meet their middle school and high school needs.

I may vent about how I'm dreading summer, but almost everyone knows there is nothing in the world more important to me than my children, and there is nothing I wouldn't do for them.

I may love my time away from my family, but that is because my battery gets below empty dealing with the health and psychological needs they present, and if I don't replenish, I will die, literally, and I don't want to leave my children motherless.

I may not be the mother you think I should be, but I am the mother my children need me to be. I am a mother that is doing everything she can to make the world "work" for them, helping them prepare to live in it without me one day.

Because I am not a "traditional" mother, does that make me a "bad" mother?

9 comments:

wholia said...

Carrie, you are a great mom! I speak from experience. I think the "traditional" mom is a myth. The best mom's know their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to adapt to what their kids need while making sure they get what they need so they have something to give to others.

Terry Whitaker said...

I couldn't have said it better myself

Anonymous said...

Carrie,you are the best Mom i know!!!M

Anonymous said...

Carrie, you ought to read the Glass Castle if you need a role model for motherhood... What's with beating yourself up these days? You know what is best for you and your kids and you give it your all and then more.... you're dreading summer like lots of other moms...be more willing to call on your friends for support...you are there for them

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