What about feelings… can you imagine yourself free from taking every outburst of theirs personally? For once, not feeling like you’re failing at this thing?
My first year of motherhood I felt so much guilt anytime I imagined myself feeling, doing or needing anything outside of my baby.
I believed I had to jump up at her every request, tip toe around her emotions, and put myself on the back burner. I didn’t understand then that by having little boundaries between her and I, that I was placing a heavy burden on her that wasn’t hers to carry.
Once I began my own work, I was able to separate my feelings and needs from hers. I was able to handle the rage/confusion/anxiety that came up when she threw a tantrum. I was able to live without taking everything she did or didn’t do, personally.
Do you know what happens when I am not doing my own work? My people pleasing tendencies come out. I start to feel ashamed + overwhelmed, like I can’t breathe. I feel resentful and annoyed. Not just with my children, but really with myself.
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This is a gift for generations after you– by caring for yourself, you are passing permission to your children, and one day theirs. They can have feelings, needs + ideas independent of others. They can blossom into who they’re created to be without carrying the baggage of those before them.
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