Ha ha. Yeah–I got you. Because THAT day hasn’t happened yet.

Do I wish it would? No doubt.

Why did I even title my post that?

Because–each and every day I wake up and I send my thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon me. And I speak to the Universe:

“I am ever present, kind and patient in my Faith, Family and Business. For that I am thankful.”

And every. day. I YELL.

It can get soooooooo very defeating. I don’t want to be that person. I don’t want to be that mom. I want to be the mom who gets it. Who is patient. Who is kind.

But when you repeat yourself 20 times…”get your shoes ON” you just kind of start to lose your shit. Am I right????

So I write this because I know there are some mamas (or dads or grandparents or aunts/uncles….) out there that could really stand to read these words. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I wish I had the master recipe to what works. How to remain completely patient and calm and kind. Especially to my boys. But I don’t. I love them with every ounce of my being. If they’re attacked–mama bear comes roaring. But–I just can’t seem to keep my voice even and leveled out, and it certainly doesn’t help that I am a loud talker to begin with.

So–you yell. I yell. We yell. But our kids are good. They’re great. They’re perfect. And that’s all that matters. THEY ARE LOVED. Even when we yell at them to put their shoes on.

And you know what?

It’s moments like this they remember….

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The true, genuine smiles. The three year old that stole his big brother’s monkey tail. Mama and Daddy laughing uncontrollably. That’s what they remember.

Because let’s be real.

Being a parent is NOT EASY. If there is anyone on the planet that can push ALL THE BUTTONS…it’s your kids. It’s like they live for those moments.

And YOU: mom, dad, grandparent, aunt/uncle, person that just loves a kid with all your heart–you live for the moments you see in this picture. Goofy. Fun. Loving.

It’s what life is all about.

So you do you. Even if it involves some yelling. Because they love you. You LOVE THEM. And, life is life.

XOXO.

Written by Shay Rafferty
I help families shift to living live a life of wellness and abundance by using natural, plant-based products.