Tonight I started thinking about motherhood after the boys were in bed. They antagonize me when Sean is gone and I am exhausted by the time they go down, so I’m comparable to a loose canon. I laid in bed and I wondered if I am succeeding? How can I do a better job raising them to be top notch members of society?! How do I stop myself from yelling at them when I’m upset and they are pushing all the buttons?! I was really down on myself and started searching for books and blogs that would help me digest what is happening in our life right now. (People weren’t kidding when they said that three is MUCH WORSE than the terrible twos.)
I stumbled upon a TED talk from Jennifer Senior. I’ve always wanted to listen to these talks but honestly, I’ve just never gotten around to it. Tonight, I decided that I would watch my first one - I mean it was only 18 minutes... To say that it was a perfect addition to my night is an understatement. Jennifer hit the nail on the head when she said, “The Hippocratic oath is a much more realistic aim [in parenthood] than happiness. In fact, as any parent will tell you, it’s awfully hard. All of us have said or done hurtful things that we wish we could take back.”
Please listen to this TED talk. Even if you don’t need it at this moment, you can store it in your parenthood bank for future moments.
To listen, click here.
You’re killing it, Mama.