My Struggles as a Mother

Every so often, I plan on taking a break from my photography to just write, and hopefully you relate (sounds good in theory, right?!). And tonight, well tonight I reflect on what I would consider a bad day of parenting on my part. Not the first, nor the last sadly.

Long story short, Gemma was pretty emotional today- her naps got all messed up, and well, everyone suffered. I was trying to learn a new program, edit pictures, run errands, pick up the house, referee the cat and the dog (believe me, it’s necessary), do laundry, cook dinner, return messages, and parent my child. You can probably guess by the title of this blog where I feel I MAY have failed today. It seems that as soon as I figure out how to balance her needs with everything else, she changes, and my poor child is left with a mother that is utterly befuddled on how to proceed.

Needless to say, my patience ran a bit thin today, and tonight as I lay my head down, I am thankful that tomorrow is another day. Because tomorrow, well it has the capacity to be beautiful. It’s another day to tackle the ever growing list of tasks. I need to take a deep breathe, enjoy, appreciate, and love how truly lucky I am to be building this photography business, one of my greatest passions to date.

So tomorrow, it will be different than today. It’ll be a day to practice patience & balance. Blessed is not a strong enough word for how fortunate I am. I have this little happy, screaming, screeching, then happy again little girl (and that’s just in 5 minutes!) and I get another chance to figure out how exactly to be the best parent I can be.

As my mother would say, this too shall pass…

How did you handle the bad days? Please tell me you’ve found a magical book that explains toddlers!