Dear Kids, I am with you no matter what

Dear Kids,

I am with you.

I was with you when you were in my belly. I was swollen, heavy, tired, and I felt like a moose, but I was with you.

I was with you in the seconds, the minutes, and the hours of labor, when I truly didn’t think I could go on.

I was with you when I held you, and nursed you, and smelled your perfect skin for the very first time.

I was with you at 3am and again at 3:45. I was with you when I stumbled in the dark to get you from your crib. I was with you when I bargained with God for you to sleep.

I was with you when I cried because I was so very tired, and my pants didn’t fit, and I couldn’t find time to brush my hair.

I am with you when you sneak into my bed at night and I’m pushed to the far edge of the mattress.

I am with you when you throw a fit about something you want, and when you act like I’m trying to poison you with dinner.

I am with you when you roll your eyes and you walk away. I will always be with you my love, no matter how mad you get at me.

I am with you when we snuggle on the couch and watch a movie.

I am with you when you ask me a million questions before I’ve had the first sip of my coffee.

I’m with you when I’m grumpy and you can tell. I’m with you when I’m short tempered and lecturing about silly things like food on the couch.

I am with you when you’ve lost your socks and your shoes and we are running fifteen minutes late already.

I’m with you when you want a hug and when you don’t.

I don’t always get it right; I often get it wrong, but I will be with you forever no matter what.

I will be with you if you get good grades, and I’ll be with you if you’re struggling in school.

I’ll be with you when you succeed and I’ll be with you when you make hundreds upon hundreds of mistakes.

I’ve made them too my love, and I understand better than you know.

I’ll be with you if you become an astronaut, or a teacher, or a person who is just struggling to find their way. We all struggle my love. You could never disappoint me, because I am a fan of you. 

You have nothing to earn, and nothing to prove.

I am here forever.

There is nothing you could ever do to make me walk one single step away from you.

Not ever.

You are my forever and ever.

I would choose you over every restful night, and every painless day a thousand times again.

Love,

Mama

XOXO

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14 thoughts on “Dear Kids, I am with you no matter what

  1. Shardai Lester

    My son and I had a rough morning. He is 6. And I felt so shitty after then we finally got in the car and I apologized and hugged him before school drop off. Your post really help me feel okay. I feel okay to just be the mom that I am. Thanks.

  2. Becca

    Love your posts! I have 4 kiddos too and so many times feel like I am falling short but remind myself to always tell my kids how special they are – hardest job in the world but they are my heart and soul 🙂

  3. Carmen

    Thank you for this! How do you put it into words so perfectly? I am in tears now. This is so pertinent to my situation right now, with all of my children, but especially with my 15 year old son. Thank you.

  4. Numila Parker

    Beautifully written and true sentiments of a mother. I love my three kids fiercely through the joyful moments of early childhood and discovery and through the roller-coaster days with many ‘Aha’ moments! Thanks <3

  5. M S

    This is what I longed for my parents to tell me when I was growing up- that i could never disappoint them. This (blog letter) is what I will tell my little ones now. That I am their #1 fan No Matter What. That they don’t need to earn it or hide or fake anything with me. Thank you.

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