Mothers are hard on themselves... I know this, because I am one. Sure, I can always take on another task, but naturally, something has to give.
I have found that I beat myself up WAY more when I feel like I have let my children down. The days when "crazy mom" comes out are really hard days; I am heartbroken when I lose my self-control and patience. I tell myself they are just kids, and the moments are so precious, and they are growing up right before my eyes, but sometimes, it isn't enough. Even though "crazy mom" is a combination of "tired mom," "hormonal mom," and "overscheduled mom," it doesn't make me feel any better.
From one mom to another... if you feel like you are missing the mark, then you are in good company. Thankfully, I have Anne of Green Gables to remind me that, "tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it." And kids are so willing to forgive; God just made them that way. So tonight, as I tuck them in to bed, apologize profusely, and smother them with kisses, I too, can forgive "crazy mom" and promise her that she is doing alright. And maybe, just maybe, tomorrow will be a little better than today.
Andrea worked as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Emergency Department for 10 years before leaving to be a full-time/homeschooling Mommy to her three beautiful and crazy children.