A working mother who was starting to doubt her ability to juggle work and parenting received a heart-warming surprise from her daughter that set her mind at ease.
Aimee Nelson, from the US, shared on Facebook that she often experiences the all-too-familiar “mom guilt” that many working moms fall prey to. She says because of her long working hours, she wonders whether she spends enough quality time with her children or if she lets them watch too much TV.
“The self-doubt is continuous. No matter how many hugs, kisses, or ‘I love you’s’ we get from our children, we mums still worry that we aren’t doing enough,” she writes on the Love What Matters Facebook page.
“Did I spend enough quality time with them? Did I tell them I love them enough? Was dinner healthy enough?
“Did they watch too much TV tonight? Was I too strict by not letting them stay up for ‘5 more minutes’ or snuggle with me until they fell asleep (for the 3rd night that week)?”
Aimee adds that she sometimes wonders if all her hard work really pays off and she even wonders if her children realise how much running around she actually does.
But her 8-year-old daughter pleasantly surprised her by leaving notes on the table for her to find, proving that she’s doing a good job.
“Those notes scribbled in crayon were just what I needed that day.”
"As I walked out to grab my work ID and keys, I noticed they weren’t in my usual spot. As I frantically searched for them, I came across this sight: My 8-year-old daughter had made these notes for me before bed.
"She left my ID and sunglasses, and a note for everything else – ‘Ready to drive?’
"‘You can pick which rings you want. I thought you might want these.'
"'Want your lunch?’ I found a bag in the refrigerator with water, soup, and oatmeal for me; along with a note saying: ‘I gave you the keys to my heart.’
"She may not know it now, but those notes scribbled in crayon were just what I needed that day! They showed me that maybe – just maybe – I’m doing something right,” Aimee writes in the post.
The post received more than 5 000 likes within just two days, Huffington post reports.
And the working mom received some words of encouragement from other parents in the comments section.
“You are doing well, mum,” one person wrote. “The fact that you question how you’re doing means you’re doing well! Because clearly you love them and you do your best for them and that’s all any of us can do.
“We all doubt ourselves and question ourselves despite what many would have us believe. Keep doing what you’re doing. You are rocking it,” another wrote.