People are praising one mom’s unique New Year’s resolution that describes the reality of parenting. In a Facebook post shared on Monday, blogger Eliza Morrill pledges to give herself a break this year and simply try to survive.
“This is not my year to run a marathon. This is not my year to drink two gallons of water a day, or to make healthy, home-cooked meals every night, or serve on all of those committees,” writes Morrill, who runs parenting blog Momstrosity. “It is my year to survive. This is my year to sleep when I can. To give myself grace, always. To embrace the mess.”
The mom of four describes that mess as “picky eaters, dirty diapers, temper tantrums, health issues, and repetitive dinners.” She then opens up about the pressure that mothers feel to do everything perfectly — and why there are more important things to focus on than how clean your house is or how you compare to other parents.
“The reality is this: my kids don’t need a mom who looks great in leggings right now. Or a mom who makes individualized quiches for all the kids in class,” she says. “They need a mom who does her best to love them well — imperfections and all.”
Here we are again, friends. The brink of a New Year. My newsfeed is full of positive manifestations for the next trip…
Morrill concludes her post by urging other parents to make the same resolution. “So this year, if you need it (spoiler alert: you almost definitely do) — give yourself grace,” she writes. “Some years aren’t meant to be record-breaking. Some years are meant to survive.”