I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
This month I have been sharing some of our holiday traditions. It was especially important for me to make this season special because our Christmas last year was so hard. We went into the winter break worried for our daughter. She was having a tough time at school and home and we were at a loss at how to help her. Parenthood is hardest for me when there isn’t a clear answer. Or even an understanding of the situation.
Unfortunately, we also had an emotional upheaval over the holiday so by the time we limped into the new year we all felt bruised and frankly fractured as a family. It took months for us to put us back together. We made big changes like switching schools and readjusting how we spend time together. For the first time ever we took a long trip together as a family.
Things aren’t perfect, we are most certainly still a work in progress as a family. But I have found a certain grace in the tough times we had in 2014. If nothing else, it has retaught me that “this too shall pass.” I have found my solace in parenthood time and time again in that stock phrase.
The first time I understand, as a mother, that everything passes was one afternoon when I was pouring apple juice for my daughters. You see for years I couldn’t even enter the juice aisle at the store. Just the smell of apple juice made my stomach curdle.
When I was ten my younger sister drowned. Her favorite thing was apple juice. So much that it seemed to emanate from her pores. Water didn’t bother me in the least, not even swimming in the pool she drowned in. But the scent of apple juice made me shiver.
Then came the day I was pouring it without a second thought. Time can’t ever make us forget but it can heal us. This too shall pass and you will muddle through. You’re a mother and there’s nothing you can’t take on.
I want to thank the the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® for sponsoring this Unstoppable Moms campaign. It’s been wonderful to reflect and to share some of my musts and tips. Be sure to share your own unstoppable tips on the MOTRIN® Facebook page. There are weekly drawings for $100 gift cards and every tip shared triggers $1 donation to Safe Kids.