Have you ever felt like a failure as a mom? I don’t think I am the only mom who has ever felt this way. So many times I’ve felt I’m making more mistakes than I should, especially after getting angry and irritated over something my child did. Sometimes the feeling is worse when he’s hurt by something I said; either I never meant him to take it that way or I have absolutely no idea how to handle his behavior or emotions. I would often feel like a total failure, my heart aching with every moment of it. I felt that ache whenever he started down a path of behavior that I didn’t understand and had no idea of how to handle it. I felt at such a loss with things, but was it fair to feel that I was a failure as well?
Have I imposed this belief onto myself, or do I believe that this is how I’m perceived by those around me? What is failure anyway? Is failure when my child is not meeting my dreams and goals for their life? Is it because he is making choices that have negative consequences and I’m taking the responsibility for him not making better choices?