my parenting story isn’t cute anymore

My parenting story isn’t cute anymore. It’s true. I’m in those years of parenting that just are nitty-gritty-not-redeemable by instagram. It’s the middle years and the teenage years and the young adult years and friends, it just isn’t cute.

It’s a great deal of no sleep, but not due to waking babes, but me sitting up waiting for them to return.

It’s a great deal of worrying and wondering and hoping and homework and tests and sitting in a car while your heart is pounding out your chest while you’re yelling “brake brake brake.”

It’s a great deal of amazing talks and deafening silence. Oh the silence. No one told me about the silence. Who would have thought that there would be a day when I wished for a bit of noise?

It’s a great deal of feeling alone and wondering, just like you did when they are young, if you are making the right choice. The choices, the choices, that part never seems to end.

It’s a great deal of waiting and cheering and hoping and trying and worrying and letting go and being brave.

And it is just not cute.

There are no longer cute sleeping toddlers or fun crafts or goofy faces. There are no longer the fun costumes or times pushing swings at the park or all of them in the car, strapped in, with silly songs on.

Hah, now the music is their music and the memes things that I’m like, “I just don’t get it….”

It’s just different.

And just because it’s different doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. It matters so much even if it isn’t as Instagram worthy. It matters so deeply in the most un-cute way.

It matters.

It matters in that I am still their mom. Their constant, their safe place, their go-to, their person.

You see in all of motherhood it is the simplest things that matter so much – the showing up, the loving, the dealing, the listening, the giving, the caring. It’s the sleepless nights and waiting for texts and loving so deeply.

It all matters.

Years ago I wrote about why being a mom is enough. It still is, even if it isn’t cute or adorable or any of that. It matters just as much and in it all you are enough. You are still enough, more than enough, in this most unseen and often lonely place of motherhood.

You see the truth still stands.

They need you.

They need you in your tired, imperfect, showing up, loving them unconditionally, setting the rules, being their mom way.

Maybe you are more tired or the pics are just you or you are feeling alone. But you see, you are the pulse, the life, the love.

You matter.

You are enough.

It’s a season. A new season. And even though it looks differently, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. It is just different, with love that deepens and pride for them that grows. It may not be as adorable, but oh my goodness, the depth and the ups and downs and letting go – it is all there.

This season, this not-so-cute season matters.

And so do you.

-Rachel
who still is hoping for sleep…that part stays the same.

8 Responses to “my parenting story isn’t cute anymore”

  1. August 14, 2019

    Darlene Reply

    Thank you for this. I still have one little, so I have some cute crafts, but much of my time now is spent in high school parking lots waiting for a young man whose picture I am no longer allowed to take except for special occasions. But the mothering is even more important now. Now, not just anyone can see his heart. Like when that first girl broke it, or when someone important to him called him dumb. Now his choices have lifelong consequences, and I don’t feel seen anymore. Thank you for seeing me.

    • August 14, 2019

      Rebecca Reply

      We can’t always share on Instagram, but at least we know we’re not alone in what we experience with older kids.

  2. August 14, 2019

    LookingDi Stewart Reply

    What a great article so much in fact all that was written as looking back back while reading is so true to the
    Lives Of my children and myself Mum’s just go with the stages (as I was told many years ago they have through life So so true but worth it in the end Enjoyed reading your article

  3. August 14, 2019

    SleeplessMomma Reply

    My mom sent this to me tonight. She just spent a weekend w my 14 yo daughter and myself. Nice to know I’m not alone either I’m so glad she sent it. The last few months have been rather rough

  4. August 15, 2019

    Wendy Reply

    So struggling right now. This was nice.

  5. August 15, 2019

    Colleen Reply

    Thank you. It’s so tough, and I’m just entering these years with my eldest. I miss the little girl, but I am so proud of the young woman I see emerging.

  6. August 16, 2019

    Teresa Reply

    I so needed to read this today – thank you.

  7. August 16, 2019

    Anonymous Reply

    Life’s cycle. Mothers care, that is natural.

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