Dear struggling parent:
I see you putting a smile on your face as you make breakfast for the kids while your spouse sleeps in.
I hear you cursing under your breath as you do the same task you’ve asked someone else to complete three days in a row.
I understand the weakness you feel in your body when your children want to be held by you and only you, again.
I feel the guilt you have when you look at your family and just want a break.
I see the tears in your eyes when you finally get that break, but you don’t know what to do with your time.
I understand the frustration you feel when it seems so easy for everyone else.
I hear you crying for help, even when the words can’t escape your lips.
And, I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone.
I’m here to tell you that it won’t always be like this.
I’m here to remind you that your smile won’t always be forced.
That the tasks will be completed in time, whether by you or someone else.
That your body will someday miss holding those babies. Though you feel weak now, don’t pass up these opportunities and don’t take them for granted.
That needing a break is not selfish and it does not make you a bad parent.
That you can’t be the best version of yourself without taking time for yourself.
That everyone shares their happy and perfect lives, but no one shares their reality.
And, that it’s okay to ask for help. It doesn’t make you weak; it makes you human.
I’m here to remind you that this season of life is just that: a season.
Though this season may be hard for you, it is not permanent.
A struggling parent