Sometimes, something comes out of your daughter’s mouth that makes you want to crawl into a hole and hide forever. Or she throws the most horrendous tantrum in front of the local moms at the farmer’s market and, though all you’re doing is preventing her from running into traffic, you can’t help but feel like you’re being judged for not being able to control your child. These things happen to us all, yet it’s hard not to doubt and question, “am I doing any of this right?” and “shouldn’t I be doing better?” and “how did she learn this from me?”
Then, there are the times your daughter touches her forehead to yours, closes her eyes with a smile, and gently runs her hand down your cheek. And you can’t help but realize, “she must have learned this from me,” and suddenly just like that the balance shifts again and you can do this parenting thing one more day.