To the Exhausted Mom Who Feels Helpless: You Are Enough

you are enough

You are enough.

Dear mama,

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a mom for two hours, two days, two years or two decades.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you stay home with the kids all day, work out of the house or work from home.

It doesn’t matter if your house is clean or if there is dirty laundry scattered across the floor.

It doesn’t matter if your family ate a home cooked meal last night or if you ate chips and cookies because that’s what your kids wanted and you didn’t have energy to fight it.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you send your children to the best private school in your area, if they go to a public school that doesn’t have great ratings, if you home school or if your child dropped out of school.

It doesn’t matter if your kids are enrolled in dance lessons, art lessons, karate class, soccer or if they rarely leave the house.

It doesn’t matter if your child spent the entire day in front of the TV yesterday because you were feeling under the weather or if you took your child to the playground and spent most of the day outside.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you have play dates five times per week with other mommy friends or if you stay at home because your village lives far away. It doesn’t matter if you are your child’s village.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you have beautiful family portraits hanging on your walls or if your walls are covered in murals drawn in a hellacious shade of brown by your toddler.

It doesn’t matter if you live in a spacious country house with a big back yard or in a busy city apartment.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you are a tired mom who doesn’t sleep because your anxiety won’t let your brain shut off at night.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom whose depression keeps her from engaging with her kids some days.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom living with a chronic illness and spend a majority of your time in bed.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom fighting an addiction who slips more than you cares to admit.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom who doesn’t get to see or hold your child.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom in the midst of a nasty divorce from your children’s father.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom whose child will never meet their father.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom who stays at home with your kids but secretly hates it.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom who works long days and desperately misses your kids because you rarely see them.

You are enough.

It doesn’t matter if you are a mom who loves every second of your life and would not change a single thing.

It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do; your worth does not come from doing. Your worth comes from being. And just being you is everything.

You, mama, are enough.

This article originally appeared at Sammiches and Psych Meds.


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Christine Suhan
Christine Suhan is a wife, stay at home mother to three wild toddler boys, and writer/creator at www.feelingsandfaith.net. She has a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and enjoys helping people through openly and honestly sharing her journey of life, recovery, mental illness, marriage, parenting, and more. You can also find her on her Facebook page.