(Inside: Mom mistakes. Is it okay for parents to make mistakes? How do you fix parenting mistakes? You don’t – because there are silver linings in them.)
I didn’t tuck my tween-age son into bed. Instead, I slipped into my own bed and fell into the trance of Downton Abbey.
(Which dashing suitor is Mary going to wed? I can’t believe that happened to Edith! HOW DID I JUST NOW DISCOVER THIS SHOW?) Forty-five minutes into my television coma, my son came upstairs. His tall, lanky figure loomed in the doorway…
“Mom, you forgot to tuck me in.”
He waited that long for me. (Mother of the year.)
So we went downstairs. I pulled the soft blankets over him, briefly chatted, whispered a prayer, planted a kiss on his cheek, and told him how much I love him.
Then I climbed back upstairs with a huge smile on my face.
Just when I thought he was getting too old and a little weary of mom’s ridiculous showering of affection in tucking him into bed, he reminded me even older boys still need their mamas. I love that I forgot to tuck him in because I got to experience this sacred moment.
Mamas, why do we stress so much about making mistakes?
Be encouraged by reading the full “Imperfectly Thrive in Parenting” series. We talk about the silver linings in mom mistakes and more…
Parenting is one of my biggest joys. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. From a young age, I prayed to have a family, and sometimes I pinch myself that my dream came true.
However, because this phase of life means so much to me, I can put too much pressure on myself to make the most of every moment, handle every situation flawlessly, and be the best mom ever. The truth is, I won’t do it all well, and it’s not supposed to be that way.
One of God’s goals for me is to lean on him – to turn to him, to trust in him, and to seek his guidance and favor in this motherhood experience. The dips and turns and mess in mom life help me do that.
What a gift the imperfect can be. I do my best to try and articulate this idea in my imperfectly thrive in motherhood series. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing.
Imperfectly Thrive in Parenting Series
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.