I'm also thankful for all of the chances we have to try again. I know I'm not always the best wife, or the best mom. But I try hard. Really hard. A lot. And so does my husband, and so do our children. And to me, that is THE BEST.
I've also learned how healthy it is to admit when something isn't working, and to be open to a new approach to MAKE it work. The other day Benjamin was trying so hard to do something all by himself. As I watched him, I remember how much I wanted him to feel that pride and sense of accomplishment. But when it didn't work, I LOVED his attitude about it. Even though he was frustrated, he still managed a smile and said "That's okay!" When convincing others to do something, he's also known to say "Sure you can!"
I recently came across this article and had an Oprah "Ah-Ha" moment when I came to this part...."This is where I needed a strong dose of my own medicine. I believe that as mothers, we need to kick ideal out the window and come to terms with the life we are living in order to create strategies that actually move us forward… instead of waiting for the perfect conditions to exist."
So if you're feeling defeated, or less than, or just plain out of sorts, remember that you can work at it.
p.s. I have a few more parenting articles and books to share. They're all either ones I've read and have achieved good results from, or have heard really good things about so if you're interested in ways to improve your parenting skills, be sure to check back!