You're not a bad mom

No one created these “rules of good mother-ing,” but somehow we get ideas into our head about these insane expectations. From the way we live our lives day to day to the pictures we take and share… the world can be full of pressure. So in case you need permission to go against the grain, allow me to remind you—

You're not a bad mom if you choose to skip taking monthly milestone photos and stats of your pregnancy or baby's first year.

You're not a bad mom if you *do* choose to take them but you're perpetually two weeks late on the actual date.

You're not a bad mom if sometimes while you're playing on the floor with your kids, your mind is still spinning about work.

You're not a bad mom if you let your kids go in public in their dress up clothes.

You're not a bad mom if you let your kids jump on the furniture. Or ride on the back of the grocery cart. Or run around the playground barefoot.

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You're not a bad mom if you feed your baby formula.

You're not a bad mom if you *don't* throw your 1 year old a mega birthday bash.

Your worth or success as a parent is not measured by how creative you are with pulling together toddler crafts, packing lunches, or planning birthday parties.

It's not measured by how many vegetables they eat, how much of their diet is organic or all-natural, how often you actually cook dinner, or where you eat it.

At the end of the day, what really matters?

It’s about loving hard, living honestly, and celebrating little victories along the way.

Enjoying the little joys of this beautiful life, creating memories you’re proud of, and trying harder every day.

Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t burn out trying to run someone else’s race.

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