There are times when I literally feel eyes on me.
Sometimes, I’m not sure why people are watching me with my children. Maybe it’s my gift for balancing my toddler on my hip while I load groceries in the car AND hold my four-year-old’s hand. Or, maybe it’s because they are remembering a time when their children were little.
Regardless, I’ve realized that being a mom isn’t just about the daily hustle and bustle. It’s also about feeling confident in a world that passes judgement as easily as they breath in and out each day. This letter is for all the parents out there who have gotten *those* stares…
A Letter to Parents Feeling Judged
Dear Moms (and Dads, too),
In that moment when you think you’re being judged by others, I hope you can turn your thoughts to your children.
Because the people watching you don’t know that you barely slept last night.
They don’t know that your baby isn’t sleeping because he can’t sleep soundly without you…and that you’re a walking zombie because of it.
They don’t know that you had five minutes to get ready and it’s an accomplishment that you got your kids clothed let alone matched their socks and shoes.
They don’t know that nap time didn’t happen today and that your child is barely holding it together as you walk through the store.
They don’t know that your kids are starving and you forgot to grab the snack bag.
They don’t know that sometimes you feel like you’ve failed and that you are barely holding it together yourself.
They don’t know that your partner is out of town and that you are on your own…or, that you’re a single parent and making it work.
They don’t know that the staring isn’t helping.
They just don’t know.
And, here’s the truth…
It doesn’t matter. Because the most important people are at your feet.
Stand tall, Moms & Dads. You are doing an amazing job whatever it looks like and you deserve to be watched because you are utterly brilliant.
And, I have to add: BRAVO!
Parenting is hard work and they’re probably just envious of how flawless you make it look… 😉
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