'Mommy, you're the best."
Those words. They can turn a bad day better, can't they? My daughter doesn't know about giving a different number of stars to let people know how much she likes something. She knows "the best" and "that's not my favorite." Those are her ratings. And most of the time, I'm told I'm the best.
Every now and then she qualifies it, saying, "Mommy, you're the best mommy I ever had." Um. Thanks?
But honestly, while it makes me feel good, it also puts the pressure on. With all the social media out there, we see a LOT of mommies and all the pictures of their children with perfect hair, unstained clothes, expensive vacations, etc. Some days, I'm doing good to limit my children's television intake. But if I stop and compare myself to all the perfect pictures, not remembering that those mommies probably don't post pictures of the days that aren't perfect, well, I'm doing myself a disservice. After all, don't I do the same thing?
Yes, I still want to live up to my daughter's expectations. I want to be "the best" mommy I can be for her and her brother. And I pray that I can be. But as long as she thinks I'm the best, it doesn't really matter what the rest of the world thinks.
We've got to stop comparing ourselves to perfection and remember that we're all doing our best. As long as our children are healthy, growing as they should, and learning to love God, does the rest matter? No.
So, how are you ranking in your house? Do you ever get "the best"? Or are you sometimes "Not my favorite?" It's a lot to live up to. But we can do this!
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