Dear Mummas

cropped-img_1194.jpgTo the Mumma who just fed her children cereal and red frogs for dinner – I applaud you. It’s exhausting feeding little ones, and they eat constantly. Good on you for giving yourself a break from cooking for the 10th time today and trying to create them something healthy and delicious that they probably wouldn’t eat anyway.

To the Mumma who doesn’t let her children eat an ounce of sugar or preservatives – I applaud you. Good on you for teaching your children the importance of eating healthy. It’s a hard thing to stick to in this current world!

To the Mumma who’s children go to day care – I applaud you. For whatever reason they go, whether it’s so you can work, so you can have a break in the week or so you can catch up around the house, you have given yourself the space you need to do what you need to do. Whether you wish somedays that they didn’t go, or you look forward to dropping them off everyday, you have brushed off other’s opinions about your choices, and I hear you saying, “It’s worth it.”

To the Mumma who doesn’t send her children to day care – I applaud you. It’s a tough road somedays being on call 24/7 to children and working around them while also playing, feeding and tending to them. You have made the decision that suits you and your family and brushed off other’s opinions about your choices. While you may feel insane somedays, I hear you saying, “it’s worth it.”

To the Mumma who wiped her kid’s smelly feet with a wet wipe tonight and dressed them in their pyjamas without giving them a bath – I applaud you. Some evenings are eventful and hectic enough without adding the extra job of bathing as well. If your priority was flopping on the lounge and reading a stash of books before bed tonight, over cleaning your kid with bubbles and water, then you are a good Mum.

To the Mumma who fought her kids kicking and screaming and held them in the water while she scrubbed the dirt off them tonight, I applaud you. You probably feel like you have been in a wild, oceanic battle, and your wet from head to toe, but if you ditched the book reading tonight for some squeaky clean kids, then you are a good Mum.

To the Mumma who forgot to pick up your kid from school this week – I applaud you. It’s ok…I’m pretty sure I’ve lost my mind too.

To the Mumma who didn’t leave the house all week because the thought of taking your children anywhere was far too frightful – I applaud you. Sometimes a week at home is just what you need.

To the Mumma who took her kids shopping, to sport, to pre-school, dancing and 2 birthday parties – I applaud you. Now go put your feet up, I bet you’re exhausted!

To the Mumma who has gone through 8 bouts of mastitis, who has fought for your milk supply and had many many sleepless nights trying to get your baby to latch on – I applaud you. When everyone around you was telling you to give up, you fought for what you were determined to do and that takes courage.

To the Mumma who felt like she couldn’t breastfeed anymore and gave her baby formula – I applaud you. Thank you God that formula exists for so many reasons. You are brave for making a decision that cops a lot of unnecessary harshness.

To the Mumma who loads her kids off to school every morning, packs lunches, and picks up in the afternoon – I applaud you. I’m sure those hectic mornings and afternoons are enough to do your head in some days, but you are faithful in it everyday and your kids are blessed to have such an education.

To the Mumma who is at home teaching her kids in your own home – I applaud you. What a big task! Day in and day out, you teach your children, not just how to read and write, but so many life skills during their time with you at home, and your kids are blessed to have such an education.

To the Mumma who stopped at having one child – I applaud you.  Whatever your reasons they are personal and important to you and I’m sorry that not everyone has seen it that way. Thank you for smiling gracefully everytime you are asked if you’re having any more.

To the Mumma who has 8 children and pregnant with another – I applaud you.  Your desire for a large family may not always be accepted and I’m sorry.  Thank you for smiling gracefully everytime you are asked if you’re done yet.

To the Mumma who had a natural birth – I applaud you.  You are brave and amazing, and you endured all sorts of weird and wonderful and not so wonderful moments to accomplish this. Well done! Did I mention you’re amazing?

To the Mumma who had a ceasarean – I applaud you.  You are brave and amazing and went through a major procedure to bring forth life. Well done! Did I mention you’re amazing?

To the Mumma who went back to work full time when your baby was 6 weeks old – I applaud you. I can’t imagine that would have been the easiest time of your life but you pushed through and you’re providing for your family like a boss.

To the Mumma who stays at home full time and takes care of her children – I applaud you.  Some days are rough some days are great and you are a winner for doing such a great job day in and day out.

To the Mumma who is reading this who has often questioned, often cried under the strain, who has doubted your choices for your family, and been criticised and judged by other’s opinions of what they think you should do and how you should parent, I’m celebrating YOU and the way that you DO.

I want you to know that YOU ARE ENOUGH. And no matter the choices you make, no matter the way you raise your children, God knew what He was doing when He so lovingly placed these beautiful beings in your care. He knew you would raise them the way that you are raising them and He says, that’s exactly how I want you to keep raising them. Just the way you are lead to, just the way you are convicted to, just the way you DO, because no one else can raise your children into the adults they are purposed to be just like you can. And no matter how many times you feel unqualified, like someone else – everyone else – is doing it better than you, STOP! And remember…

Y O U   A R E   E N O U G H

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