I won't even try to deny the fact that I have bribed my 3 year old with candy. I have had countless moments where I had to eat the words "my kids will never do that", and I have been that mom with the screaming toddler walking through the mall. I have also, in some of my weaker moments, given in to them because it was the "easier thing to do" and to keep them from a meltdown. And, I have most definitely been embarrassed. In one of my most embarrassing mom moments, the baby pool was actually shut down and drained because my child used it as a toilet and shared his digested corn with all of the other swimmers.
But I try my hardest. I do whatever I feel in my gut is the best decision at the time. Sometimes it's not the right one. That's the beauty of life, you live and learn. And you know what? So far, that's always good enough for them. They have nothing else to compare me to, so in their eyes, I'm the best mom ever! And I try my hardest to live up to the image they have of me in their eyes. They're alive, and healthy, and well taken care of. And I know that I'm at least doing an "ok" job, when at the end of the night, my nine year old boy wants to cuddle with me for the last few minutes before bed time. Don't get me wrong, he would NEVER do this in front of his friends, and he will probably want to strangle me when and if he ever goes back and reads this, but I'm still his safe place. And that makes my heart happy.
My dad loves music. And I, ever his sidekick growing up, became a huge music fan myself. There is a song by Alabama called "Close Enough To Perfect" that I have always loved. Because if you really listen to they lyrics, it doesn't have to be just about a romantic love, it really could be about anyone you love. None of us are without fault. And this song hits the nail on the head. We are full of faults, but we are all worth loving. Even us moms that mess up from time to time.
But even with all of my faults, my kids know I love them. I tell them every chance I get. I know no matter what, I always have to keep trying to show them. Because I will be the standard by which they parent. Good or bad. If nothing else, they will know what not to do because of my mistakes. And I let them see me make mistakes. I screw up, and they need to know that. They need to know that it's ok to not be perfect. It's ok to have squabbles with people you love, and resolve them, and at the end of the day, you still love each other. I am not scared to let my children see me mess up, because even with all of my faults, I'm still close enough to perfect for them.