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?


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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