An Australian mom’s brief exchange with a child therapist produced a beautiful lesson about motherhood that all parents can appreciate.
On Sunday, popular blogger and author Constance Hall posted a photo of herself with her kids at a restaurant on Facebook.
”A couple of weeks ago a child therapist that I know looked at my kids and said, ‘You’re such a good mum,’” she wrote in the caption.
Hall said she responded that she doesn’t feel that way about herself, as she struggles through the chaos of raising her kids, losing her temper and feeling impatient.
The therapist’s reply stuck with her:
“Babies cry, it’s how they communicate. Toddlers scream, children whinge and teenagers complain.
Then mums say the words ‘for fuck sake under their breath before every responding. It’s how we communicate.
But guess what Con? It’s better then silence.
A house full of screaming kids and fighting teenagers and a parent who’s being thrown every question and request is a healthy one to me.
It’s the silent children, the scared toddlers, the teenagers that don’t come home and the parents who aren’t in communication with their children that I worry about.
And kids don’t drive you crazy, you were crazy already. That’s why you had them.”
With that statement, Hall said she started to feel like a good mom again. The mother concluded her post by urging her fellow parents to take deep breaths and remember they are doing a good job as well.
Hall’s post received over 300,000 likes and was shared nearly 150,000 times.
Many parents praised the message and shared their own experiences in the comments section.
“I have 6 kids and my house is always a crying, tantrum throwing, hormonal, crazy loved filled mess ... go us queens we’ve got this,” wrote one mom.
“To all of us crap mums who are so desperately worried that they are stuffing their kids up..... GROUP HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!” added another. “Now go and stop the kids from killing each other, and remember it’s almost wine time again.”
Group hug for all the parents doing the best they can!