You Are A Good Mom!
Trust me, you are!
I know, you’re probably thinking, “she knows nothing about me!” But the truth is, if you are here reading about parenting and trying to do better, than you are a great parent already.
Good parents try. Bad parents don’t.
Since we are trying to do better, we go searching for some good tips and advice to make this parenting gig easier. But…
“Kids don’t come with a manual”
We hear that all the time, but yet we still look for the “right way”. We scour parenting blogs and books searching for that golden advice that will solve all our problems with our kids. The truth is…that there is no such thing.
Parenting is hard. It just is. Most parents are thrown into it without any training, yet are expected to excel. So, we end up feeling like failures from time to time…or all the time.
So, during those times when you feel like you’re failing, I want you to know that you can come here. Because here you’ll find that…
- It’s normal to feel like you’re failing and that nothing you’re doing is working.
- It’s normal to find yourself in a Mom Funk where you are irritable and angry with your kids.
- It’s normal to feel the crushing loneliness of motherhood.
- It’s normal to feel madly in love with your kids one minute, and then want nothing to do with them the next.
I hope that you come here and understand that it’s normal, but also get some tips and encouragement to get out of the funk!
It’s a safe place
You won’t find any judgement here, and I try very hard to not contribute to the Mom guilt we all feel.
Instead, I want you to feel uplifted. I want you to know that you can come here and talk about life and get support and encouragement.
In this place, we can kick off our shoes and chat about it all. We can have conversations about the real parts of parenting without the negativity. We can talk about all the Dirt and Boogers and know that we are all in it together.
Here, you’ll find acceptance, no matter how you parent your children.
This is a Guilt-free, Judgement-free Zone!
I hope that this a place you can come when you need help with your kids.
You won’t ever hear me say that you are messing up, because I firmly believe that there is no perfect way to parent kids. My goal is to help you feel better about your parenting.
When it comes to parenting, I believe in the top down approach. It all starts with the parent.
I like to focus on uplifting you and helping you fill up your cup with peace and self-love so that you can give that love to your children. You see, you can’t give them what you don’t already have.
So here, you’ll find real tips for taking care of you and helping you.
You’ll also find some practical tips for some of those specific parenting struggles that you may have, like what to do when you and your child end up in power struggles.
I like to help you gain a better insight into why your children act the way they do. For example, why they don’t look at you when they get in trouble, or how their brain development has a huge impact on temper tantrums.
Basically, I want to help you understand why your child is acting the way they are, so you know how to better handle their behaviors.
I want to equip you with the tools you need to feel like an awesome parent.
Who Am I?
I’m, Amanda! I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.
I left my job in 2010 when I had my oldest son. My husband is in the military and we move a lot. Over the past several years, we’ve moved to a different state every 12-18 months. Maintaining a license while moving so often is difficult, so I decided to share my love of children and families on the internet instead.
I adore being a blogger, but my most important job is being the Mom to my two boys. J is my kind, sweet, boisterous, insightful 4 year old, and E is my happy, cuddly, hilarious 2 year old.
Since becoming a Mom, I’ve felt the same doubt, uncertainty, and guilt that every parent feels. I thought that my education and experience prepared me for motherhood, but I had no idea!
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