Advice from a #PlaytexMom: On Giving Yourself Grace in Motherhood

Motherhood is hard. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to give myself some grace while on this motherhood journey. While I can’t say I’ve exactly figured it out or that I’m practicing it to the fullest, I know in my heart it is important. I spend a lot of time writing about things we do, things we love and good things surrounding my kids. But I rarely ever talk about my struggles in motherhood.

An honest discussion about giving yourself grace in motherhood.

I struggle.

I struggle more than I would like to admit but at the end of the day, I owe it to myself to be kind to myself. We all do. I believe mom shaming should not exist. Every mom who is putting her best foot forward even if she’s having a tough day deserves grace. Sure, we have days when the constant anxiety and worry about our children is relentless. Sure, we have days that we are not proud of in motherhood. But that does not mean we deserve to be criticized or scrutinized.

We need grace.

We need understanding.

We need support.

Heck, sometimes, we just need to be left alone.

An honest discussion about giving yourself grace in motherhood

We deserve to share our truths (the good, the bad and the ugly) without fear of being attacked. There is no such thing as being a perfect mom or person for that matter. We all live in a glass house at some point in our lives. Can you feel me on this? This whole #PlaytexMoms journey about #ForBetterBeginnings starts with us. We can’t give our children the best and be the best to them if we are not being the best to ourselves. We just can’t, so, in case you haven’t heard it in a while, “Keep rocking mamas. You are doing a great job.”

Now, I get how this whole grace thing can be easier said than done. Earlier this week I shared about my daughter’s struggle during her first trip to Disney World. To say I felt vulnerable is an understatement. It was as if I was waiting for the judgment to hit. But you know what happened? Comments and messages of grace from family, friends, and strangers. And in those responses, I was reminded that I am still rocking this motherhood journey. My baby girl reminded me too with a simple “Thank you for taking me to meet the princess mommy”.

An honest discussion about giving yourself grace in motherhood

So, give yourself some grace mamas. Do what you need to do for yourself so that you can be the best mom you can be. Share your struggles along with those pretty and successful days. Someone else is out here that needs to know they are not alone on the tough days.

Keep rocking mamas.

This motherhood discussion is sponsored by PlaytexBaby. All opinions are my own. 

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    Shantel Collins
    July 28, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    Oh my I can definitely relate. As mother of 8 year old who’s growing up so quickly I have my moments where I feel like I’m not doing enough and then I have those moments when I feel like I’m doing too much. I’ve only been away from her once since she was born, but I know some me too like TODAY!!!!

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      M J
      July 30, 2017 at 10:26 PM

      It is such a struggle. I went away for the first time a few months ago. I came back a day earlier than planned. In hindsight, I should have stayed the entire time. It was a weekend and while my kids missed me, they were totally fine.

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    Cecilia C. Cannon
    July 30, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    yes yes yes! I don’t think I and many moms “give ourselves” grace. Appreciate you being so candid and reminding us what we deserve.

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      M J
      July 30, 2017 at 10:24 PM

      So true. So many of my mama friends and I struggle with being kind to ourselves. We make an effort to check in and remind each other that we are doing a great job. That definitely helps.

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    July 30, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    I can’t even imagine what being a mother will be like for me… it’s still years away and I freak out thinking how my life will be all about the kiddo and having no more time for myself. Motherhood aside, support is always vital, and talking – like, deep talking about difficult things – is so important… sometimes we don’t do enough of it. Thanks for sharing!

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      M J
      July 30, 2017 at 10:23 PM

      When the time comes, my best advice is to make time for you from the very beginning. Don’t stop doing the things you love. You may have to adjust but don’t lose yourself in motherhood. I am fighting my way back now.

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    July 30, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    We should definitely be a little kinder to ourselves as moms. We juggle so much and being a parent definitely does not come with instructions.

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      M J
      July 30, 2017 at 10:22 PM

      Absolutely. I am definitely working on appreciating what I do and taking time for me.

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