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Megan

And your kids WILL realize that. Not today, not tomorrow, but someday.

I don't know what makes kids and teens so boneheaded, so thoughtless, so insensitive sometimes. It's really a good thing that parental love is unconditional, or we'd be out on our own by age 9.

Lisa

Love this post thank you! We are dealing with this right now because of decisions we have made- just trying to do our best and what we think is best for our children

Kathryn

WOW. This post resonates with me. I have sweated bullets over so many aspects of mothering my children and decisions that have or have not been made. Ultimately, I know that they know that I love them and want the best for them. I think around 25 years of age your kids and most kids looks back at their parents and see the love and the sacrifices that have been made on their behalf.

sonirox

This is so timely for me! I am in the throes of Junior year of HS with my daughter. I believe you have older children and so will understand what that means . . . stress about ACTs and SATs; stress about choosing colleges; stress about what courses to choose for Senior year, etc. To her, one minute I am "The best mom EVER!!" but half an hour later she is yelling at me that I don't know what I'm talking about, I never listen to her, I forget everything she ever tells me and on and on.
I tell my kids, whenever they are acting this way, that I am doing THE BEST I CAN. I literally tell them this. I believe it is necessary to point out, in the moment, that parents are not perfect, we never claim to be (well, at least I don't) and that they need to cut me some slack the same way I cut them slack for all of the crap that they do.
So you are right - all you can shoot for is your best, because your best will never be good enough to them. And yes, someday, they will look back and realize how hard you tried. They may never tell you, but they will.

Kyooty

I suspect this is one of those things that kids don't realize until they have children of their own.

Amy

Sing it sister. Sitting here many days this week feeling like I've totally f'd up and want a rewind button though I'm not sure what I could have/should have done any differently. Just weary of the snarkiness, the bickering, the name calling, the refusal to do anything, the hitting, name calling and swearing and all on wash, rinse, repeat every single day. I'm toasty I'm D.O.N.E. I wanna run away and start all over

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