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‘Stop Telling Moms Not to Blink—It’s Okay for Us to Miss Some Stuff’

For dang sure.

BUT, have most of those days gone by incredibly slow and been extremely draining, both physically and emotionally?

You betcha.

I used to feel like I was a hypocrite; a contradiction of a mother — a woman who claims she loves her kids but complains about the strenuousness of motherhood at every opportunity.

But, then I realized something.

If my past 2,920+ days as a mother have taught me anything, it’s that motherhood (and life in general) are not about extremes.

In no realistic version of parenthood is the day-to-day black and white full of either ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ moments.

Authentic parenting is merely you, your unique being, trying to improve yourself while trying to stay connected to another, while trying to raise little humans.

If you are tired after just hearing how I phrased that, imagine how exhausting that life must be to live.

The problem is that there is a group of people out there in the general public who contend that something so taxing can’t be beautiful.

Well, they are wrong.

Motherhood is beautiful, and it is messy.

It is gray, and it is smudged.

Motherhood varies in how it looks, it can alter how it presents itself daily, hourly, or even every few minutes.

Listen, mamas — you can be both the momma who doesn’t want to blink, but who still freakin’ blinks because she needs those brief breaks from her empowering yet fatiguing journey as a life guide for her children.

**This post was written by Nicole Merritt of JThreenme. It originally appeared on her Facebook page. Used with permission.

Nicole Merritt
Nicole Merritt
Nicole Merritt is a mother of three, a freelance writer, co-host of I Am The Worst Parent Ever Podcast and the Owner and Founder of jthreeNMe; an imperfectly authentic peek at real-life marriage, parenting, and self-improvement. jthreeNMe is raw, honest, empowering, inspiring, and entertaining; it’s like chicken soup for those that are exhausted, over-stressed and under-inebriated, yet still utterly happy. Nicole's work has been featured by NBC's TODAY Show, Love What Matters, Scary Mommy, The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, CafeMom, Popsugar, Motherly & many others. You can follow Nicole at jthreeNMe.com and as @jthreeNMe on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter!

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