More On Failure*

You’ll all be relieved to know that we are maybe kind of sort of getting over this ridiculous virus.  What was originally estimated to last 3 days at most is now on day 6 for Apple.  In case you are wondering, I think this is stupid. 

Anyway, the whole delightful experience has me thinking about how I deal with all the similarly delightful things that go with being a parent.  Realization: I take more than my share of blame for all the things that go wrong for my family.  I do not take similar credit for all the things that go right.

When my kids are sick, naughty, or sad, I am constantly wondering what I should’ve done differently.  That isn’t to say that I don’t grasp the reality of germs, toddlerhood, or normal human emotion — just that as their mother, I know how central a role I can play.  And sometimes I overestimate what I can realistically prevent.

Of course, my children are almost always healthy, usually well-behaved, and generally very happy.  Who did that, I wonder?

To my knowledge, the readers of this blog are almost all mothers — or parents of some ilk.  Please join me today, because I am celebrating.  I am giving myself credit, because I am doing a pretty darn good job — not alone, of course, but still a good job.   I have nourished and protected three children since conception.  Since their births, I have sheltered and taught them, and they are showing the fruits of my labors.  They are beautiful, smart, and joyful, and I had something to do with it.

Give yourself a little credit today, too.

*Moron Failure?

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About Grape

I've got the world's best kids and husband. Great house, steady job. I'm living the American dream. The trick is to appreciate it. I'm working on that part.
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5 Responses to More On Failure*

  1. Erin says:

    Good for you! You deserve to get some credit, and it’s very cool that you realize it – especially in February!

  2. Grandma says:

    Julie, you are an awesome mother. I will confess, I brag about you a lot. Almost as much as I brag about your children. 🙂

  3. donna says:

    OMG!!! Someone has seen the light-as erin stated, “especially in February” Gosh, you are brilliant! 🙂 I love your post!

  4. Jody says:

    Good for you, I say, too.

  5. Becki says:

    Not only do I tend to give myself blame, not credit, but I also have a habit of comparing myself unfavorably with other moms, without noticing what I might do as well or better than they do.

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