I was reading someone's blog the other day about how their almost two-year-old had never watched television before. As I read that I felt . . . shame, was it? Yes, shame. And also guilt. And also bewilderment. I definitely don't just plop my child down in front of the Sesame Street all day long but I really appreciate the gift of having something to occupy his time while I put the baby down for a nap or take a shower.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, some days I'm a good mom and make games and crafts for William during the day. I make pretty healthy food, give lots of kisses, read stories and make sure my children are safe and clean while trying to teach a few valuable lessons along the way. If I turn on the TV during the day to give myself time to do something for myself, does that make me a bad mom? I don't think so.
Having two children has been an adjustment that is really joyful but also really exhausting. I thought I was tired with one . . . oh, how I miss that level of exhaustion! Most days are really good and I can confidently say that I think I'm a pretty dang good mom. I read a great quote the other day that said,
"Don't let a bad day make you think you have a bad life."