As a Mom, there are days that I would like to be the parent that is liked a little more than the other parent?! As I cringe in admitting this out loud, I’m standing in my truth. And, while I’m aware that there is a risk of judgment that comes along with this admission, I can’t help but believe that I’m not the only one.
Growing up, there was definitely a family dynamic in our household, in which I had both parents - one the disciplinarian and the other a little more lax. Don’t get me wrong, there was structure and we operated by rules, but we were also allowed liberties. As I look at my parenting style, I see elements which are heavily influenced by the style of which I was raised. The same is equally true when I look at my husband’s parenting style.
In stating the obvious, when you are partnered in life, there are so many facets of the partnership that both parties have to live with to achieve harmony. When the partnership includes co-parenting, in the best of circumstances, each of your core values have to be shared. This doesn’t mean that you always have to agree, but it does mean that at a minimum, there has to be core values you each deem important and agree to live by in an effort for your children to do the same.
Navigating in this world as a wife, a Mom, a working professional, and a new entrepreneur, to name a few, there are days when I feel that I’m just trying to keep afloat. I’m not a nay-sayer and I believe in living your purpose and the work/risk/reward that comes along with it. I’m living that truth today. However, I believe in the power of prayer and that sometimes, the answer can sometimes be ‘no.’ So those days when I feel weak and want to give in to the chaos, I don’t allow myself to do it. I acknowledge the thought(s) and pay attention to them, but in the end I do what’s right in my core.
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