Motherhood

The Six Words Every Mother Wants to Hear

November 7, 2017
Every Mother Wants

Being a mom is tough. There’s no doubt about it.

You are on the clock every hour of every day forever. That’s not a daunting thought.

Whether you get paid for your work or not, if you’re a mom, you are always working.

As a mom, I’ve experienced life as both a full-time associate working in a downtown office and as a less-than-full-time attorney working exclusively from home, and I can say this: each side has its challenges and its rewards.

No matter if a mom leaves for work everyday, stays home, or does some combination of both, there are six words every mother wants to hear: you are doing a great job. 

As mothers, it can be so easy to question our efforts and doubt ourselves. One misstep can feel like a huge failure.

You can go an entire day with your kids rattling your nerves and somehow exhibit the patience of a saint the entire time, but the second that patience breaks, you feel like the worst mother in the world.

You are doing a great job.

You pack lunches. You fold socks. You remember permission slips. You file expense reports. You rock a presentation. Then, something happens that makes your heart sink and all that good work fades away.

Your kid gets sick, or maybe they take their first steps for grandma instead of you. Maybe there’s a bully at school and you just have no idea what to do.

You are doing a great job. 

If motherhood were a meal, it would be Thanksgiving dinner. You fill your plate with more than enough, and yet others will find a way to fill it with more.

The obligations pile up and scatter.

No matter how capable you once felt, sometimes you’re sure you can’t handle this.

You are doing a great job. 

Sometimes you feel guilty because you feel like you work too many hours or travel too often.

Sometimes your kids get a little too much screen time.

Sometimes the day passes from light to dark and it somehow feels like nothing got accomplished.

You are doing a great job.

It’s not always easy, and it’s not always fun.

But it’s important to know:

You are doing a great job.

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