Remember that good parenting isn’t what you look and act like in public, it’s easy to fake being a loving parent.
Nobody sees what happens behind closed doors.
It’s loving them unconditionally even when you’re angry or disappointed with them.
It’s supporting them in the choices they make even when you don’t agree with them.
It’s lying awake at night worried sick about them.
It’s feeling a burning physical pain deep inside when they are hurting and you can not help them.
When they are ill you just wish you could take their pain away.
You go without so they have everything they need.
Crying yourself to sleep at night so they don’t see you struggling through the day.
It’s faking a smile even when you feel you’re dying on the inside.
You find yourself judging your own capabilities as there is no rule book and you are just relieved you made it through the day.
Trying to raise kids isn’t easy, so many trials and hurdles are put in your way.
It’s even harder when the real side of parenting is left for you to do alone.
And then the other parent takes credit by showing up in public looking as if they have contributed in some way.
Yes, it hurts when the other parent stands in public acting like the doting parent when you know that is so far from the truth.
But that’s part of good parenting too, keeping the hurt and the bitterness you feel towards the other parent deep inside.
Even when you want to scream.
Remember good parenting is more than how you act in public, we can all put on a great show.
At least I can sleep at night knowing I put every last breath inside of me into ensuring I try my best each and every day to raise my children.
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