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Girl Dad With 4 Daughters Says He’s Sick of Hearing This Same Ridiculous Comment from Strangers

"All my kids can speak and understand English. They know what you’re saying. It hurts their feelings."

Autistic Boys’ Parents Send Him to Visit Murderer in Jail—Radically Changes His Life

From his Colorado prison yard, Vogt explained what he sees as redemption. "This is the thing I do to give back," he said. "When Zach and even the other kids get to work with me, they don't see the murderer. This has given me a chance to do something better."

No One Is Living the Life They Post on Social Media. I’m Living Proof.

The other day there was a comment on one of my pictures on social media that said, ”you guys go to the coolest places.” I was surprised. I rarely leave the house; I put makeup on once a week, and with two toddlers outings are usually cut short. I scrolled through my pictures and realized it does look like we go to a lot of cool places. I recently posted about our beach trip; there is a picture of our favorite pumpkin patch, trips to our hometown. Wow, maybe all of the social media accounts that I scroll through with envy really are just like me.

Maybe the mom in heels doesn’t actually wear heels every day.

Maybe the couple who just celebrated twenty happy years of marriage also had a few downs to go with all those ups.

Maybe the gentle parenting crunchy mom has also lost her ish a time or two with her children.

On July 4th, we were invited to hang out with friends and spend the holiday with them. It had been a while since we hung out with other couples, and I was thrilled. Well, the day did not go as planned, and we ended up leaving before the burgers were even put on the grill. My kids were having a day that they just could not recover from. We tried to make it work, but it was something that just could not be forced. We needed to throw in the towel and accept it just wasn’t their day. I left the party secretly crying. I let my husband say our goodbyes and give an apology for having to leave so early. I could barely pull myself together and was a little angry with my toddlers. Mommy just wanted a couple of hours, and they stole them from me. Why couldn’t my two toddlers sacrifice their own needs and tantrums and just let me be first for once? Why couldn’t they just be rational and enjoy a good time? Toddlers.

By the time we got home, I was a mess and only getting angrier. I went to my room, sobbed, snapped a photo and sent all of my complaints to a trusted friend. I felt like I was breaking, I felt tired, I felt mad, and I like I needed help. I needed someone to tell me that I was okay, that I wasn’t screwing up my kids, that I wasn’t failing as a mother, that I wasn’t going crazy.

She did just that. She validated my feelings and encouraged me through my own personal tantrum.

I went into the next room and loved on my babies and made sure that they knew I loved them. I accepted that we were all just having a bad day and needed ice cream and sleep. A lot of sleep.

It took a while for me to recover from that day. I still felt like a failure; I missed friendships and just felt insecure.

Ashleigh Beaver
Ashleigh Beaver
Ashleigh is a writer and blogger from Winston Salem, North Carolina. She is a wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to two toddlers under two. Ashleigh experienced multiple miscarriages and secondary infertility after the birth of her two miracle babies. It has become her passion to encourage and empower other women through their journeys as the matriarch and the maid of their homes. Connect with her on Instagram or Facebook.

Girl Dad With 4 Daughters Says He’s Sick of Hearing This Same Ridiculous Comment from Strangers

"All my kids can speak and understand English. They know what you’re saying. It hurts their feelings."

Autistic Boys’ Parents Send Him to Visit Murderer in Jail—Radically Changes His Life

From his Colorado prison yard, Vogt explained what he sees as redemption. "This is the thing I do to give back," he said. "When Zach and even the other kids get to work with me, they don't see the murderer. This has given me a chance to do something better."