To the mom who needs to give herself grace,

Your kids don’t want a perfect mom; they want you! So why do you spend so long trying to do it all?

One day, I was laying next to my son as I was putting him to bed. Flying through my head were scenes of the day when I had messed up — no fruits or veggies served, dirty feet were under the blankets because time flew by and we skipped baths, and I had lost my temper a handful of times in the past 24-hours. But as we closed our eyes to pray and my son told God about his day, he thanked God for all the fun he had and for his mommy.

I was surprised! How could we see the day so differently?

I’m betting you and your children don’t see things the same way either. While you are trying to find your superhero cape and juggling everyone’s expectations (including the ones of yourself), your kids are taking in the moments of love and acceptance and filtering out all the parenting mishaps. They truly give us so much grace and see the best version of us!

Watch the video below. It’s my go-to when I need a reminder of a child’s perspective.


You aren’t always going to keep your kids happy, prepare healthy meals, find the perfect balance of screen-time and play, or keep your temper under control 100% of the time. But at the end of the day, remember that you have given your kids love — and that’s all they want! Throw out your version of the mom you’ll never be, and embrace the wonderful mother you are!

As Lysa Terkeurst reminds us: “Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears, and most of all love.”



Amanda Foust
Amanda is a wife, mother, writer/editor, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She works each day to be a creative maker and a light bringer. You can find more of her writing at Downs, Ups & Teacups and