I often find myself feeling worn down by the end of the day. I’m so tired after all of I’ve done, I barely have the energy to watch a TV show and put myself to bed. My mind races and I find myself wondering if I’ve done enough for my children. If I said the wrong thing to them or didn’t have enough patience. 

I am constantly saddled with mommy guilt, and I know I’m not alone in these feelings. We’re all wondering if we’ve somehow failed and here’s what I realized . . . we haven’t.

Because every day, in a million little ways, we show our children we love them.

I hug them when they come downstairs in the morning. I make them a healthy breakfast. I put a note in their lunches saying hi. I ensure their backpacks aren’t missing their folders and lunch bags. I check to make sure they’re wearing their gym shoes on PE days. I hold their hands while we wait for the school bus. I wave as they pull away.

I love them.

And then I do more.

I wash and fold their laundry, I clean their dishes. I neaten their rooms and clean the bathrooms. I vacuum. I organize their bookshelves and toys. I schedule their doctor visits, playdates, and activities.

I love them.

And when they come home, I do even more.

I kiss them hello. I help them with their jackets and shoes and backpacks. I make them healthy snacks. I listen to them tell me about their days. I get them to their activities and playdates. I prepare dinner. I give them their favorite treats for dessert. I help them shower and put on their jammies. We read together, and I guide them as they stumble over words they don’t know. And then I kiss them goodnight and tell them I love them. 

Maybe that’s the first time I’ve said it that day. 

But I’ve already shown them in a million little ways. They are loved. And I am enough.

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Caroline Murray

Caroline is a freelance writer, mama to two young children and one sweet baby.  She loves everything country and tries not to take anything too seriously.  You can see more of her at www.the-othermom.com.