Several nights ago while lying in bed with my husband, I finally admitted it. It has been weighing on me for a very very long time. Too long.
My admission was that I feel like an awful mother. I feel
like my children hate me. And please don't say that all moms feel that
way. This is extreme. The feelings are not unjust. I have treated my
kids like crap for far too long now. I'm not sure when it happened, when
I started dreading getting out of bed each day because I knew I was
going to be mean to my kids. I was going to yell, and grab their arms,
and get in their faces, and be hurtful. Without control.
is what I do. But I do not act like it is a gift. God has been
revealing to me how cruel I've really become. No, I do not harm my kids,
but I do not treat them with love or respect. I have been careless with
my words and actions. I have been thoughtless when it comes to them.
Forgetting that they are actually people, too, with real feelings. I've
just been a controlling jerk.
I think in some fashion, a bit of
depression has a little to do with it, though I'm in great denial about
that. I can't go into great detail, but our whole life is about to
change with this move and I really feel that it will help. It's not a
cure, but adding the needed structure to my life is going to
improve so many things in our home. Right now, nothing is consistent or
stable, and I look forward to when it is. And I think this instability
is causing this awful dip in my mood and behavior.
It's still no
excuse to be so rude to my family. But it helps explain it a little.
Carrying constant guilt around is hard work. It's draining, exhausting.
So is regret. And the "if onlys". If only I could be a good Mom, if only
I could not have anger issues, if only I could show affection to my
older kids, if only I knew how to discipline Jonyn effectively, if only I
was a touchy-feely mom, if only I wasn't making my kids hate me more
and more each day. If only.
I admitted to my husband that the last time I remember being totally in bliss
was when Taylan, my oldest, was a baby. At some point after I became
pregnant with Kanyon or had him, something changed. I know birth control
made me crazy after I had him, but something else in me changed. I
don't know what. But I want those feelings of bliss to return.
do know that after admitting all these things and him talking to me so
sweetly and being so supportive although I don't deserve it, I feel
better about being my kids' mom. I don't deserve their love or
forgiveness, but they give it, none the less. I love them something
fierce and could not imagine being without them, but I have not shown
them near enough how much I love them. The baby gets nearly all of my
affection, and I want that to change. I want to share it with all of my
Toby and I both agreed to a no yelling policy, and it goes
for every person in this house, there are consequences for each of us if
we yell. It has helped so much just not yelling. Other urges (like
getting in their faces) have already lessened. My patience has grown a
miniscule amount, which is progress. I don't want to be a perfect mom,
but I want my kids to grow up and say they loved their childhood, that
they felt loved and knew beyond a doubt that they were. I also don't
want to hated by them nor do I want to constantly be angry at them for
no reason at all. I just want them to be happy loved kids. And I do not
want to carry guilt and regret around every single day of my life any
am so hesitant to hit publish. My children are not abused, and I do let
them know I love them, just not nearly enough. But here goes...