#10: Pat yourself on the back
This one is bittersweet the first few times you do it because acknowledging yourself to…yourself can feel very lonely. The thing is – most people are so good and so quick at being self-critical. Hanging on to regrets. Beating themselves up about mistakes. For me, it helps to even that out a little bit by recognizing the many, many good moments So pat yourself on the back when you have an awesome parenting moment. Pat yourself on the back for not screaming your head off on a hard day. Pat yourself on the back for just making it through the day. In a world where even moms with partners bemoan the occasional weekend or week when their spouse is away – because hell…a weekend alone is hard – you deserve a huge round of applause for managing the feat for years on end. So give it a try. Seriously. Try it. Like right now.
And happy Mother’s Day you stellar moms!