Being a mother is by far the most difficult, yet rewarding job I’ve ever had. This ride has been filled with ups and downs, sleepless nights, laughter, tears of joy and tears of hurt. I remember before having kids, I couldn’t imagine life with children. After having them, I can’t imagine life without them.
There have been many times when I was torn between what to do for my children. What was in their best interest? How would it affect them for the rest of their lives? Is this the best move?
I questioned myself about pulling my daughter out of school and home schooling. I questioned myself about getting my son tested for Autism. I knew something was wrong, but everyone told me I was worried about nothing. I questioned myself about taking my daughter to urgent care recently. Turns out she has a sprain in her arm from falling, and damaged ligaments and tendons. All of this to say that I have had many moments of uncertainty as a mother.
In those moments, the one thing I can say is I have followed my instinct. I didn’t always know how it would work out, and while I hoped and prayed everything would turn out well, there was no reassurance. I am imperfect, but my hope is that when my children are old enough, they see just how much I loved them, and that despite my own imperfections, I always put them first.
There have been times when I have had to stand my ground against those who felt what I was doing was not the right thing. This includes family. As a mother, I had to trust my instincts. Whether it was the popular notion or not, the one thing I can say is I’ve never regretted it. I’ve always done what I felt was the best for my children.
As a mother, have you had to go against the grain and follow your instincts? I’d love to hear about it.
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