Moms out there, this one’s for you.
My daughter recently did a writing assignment for her first grade class at school. The teacher asked them to write about who they considered their hero. She hadn’t told me about this project until she nonchalantly pointed to her paper on the wall in the hallway at school as I dropped her off one morning.
I stopped to look, as she skipped off to class, thinking it was just another cute art project, but when I read it, I proceeded to dissolve into a hot mess of tears and an ugly, runny nose disaster. I had NO idea that my daughter felt this way. Here is what she wrote:
“My hero is my mom Jamie Dahl. She was able to fight and beat cancer! Jamie was very brave. My mom is friendly to everyone she meets. I want to be brave like her.”
Moms, you don’t have overcome a big hurdle in your life to be your child’s hero.
You already are.
You are still their hero! Even on those days when you feel like a complete “mom fail”, and boy do I have PLENTY of those. They love you even when you make mistakes and sometimes even more in those times.
They want you to be real with them. They want you to laugh with them, cry with them, and ask their forgiveness when you screw up. It’s okay to not get right all the time. I don’t know about you, but nobody gave me a “How To Do This Mom Thing” book when I left the hospital with my newborn.
You are their hero just because you are their mom.
So remember, YOU’RE DOING A GOOD JOB. Even on those days when the house is a disaster, the dog pooped all over the rug, you’re late getting the kids to soccer practice and dinner MIGHT happen if you can get to the take-and-bake pizza place on time…
you are still their hero.