Parenting, like anything else in life, is fraught with ups and downs. It’s easy as a parent on those days that aren’t going so great to be incredibly self-critical.
Mom vlogger Kristina Kuzmic knows what it is like to feel not good enough as a parent all too well. In the latest episode of Truth Bomb Mom, she details a time in her life when she was “newly divorced with two kids, a 2- and a 3-year-old.
“I was obviously overwhelmed,” she continues. “Completely broke, on food stamps, sharing a bed with my children. I couldn’t even afford my own bed so I slept on the floor next to my kids’ bunk bed, and I was really depressed.”
During that time in her life she ended up in therapy, where she recounted feeling like an inadequate parent because she had stopped making her kids homemade meals, and because she was so depressed she was leaving her kids in front of the TV so she could hide in her bedroom and cry.
Her therapist’s response, she recounts, wasn’t what she expected it be. “Wow Kristina, you are an amazing mom,” he said, according to Kuzmic. “You are at your rock bottom, you are in a really bad place, and you still make sure the needs of your children are met.”
The praise turned out to be a lightning-rod moment for Kuzmic. “Maybe I wasn’t such a bad mom,” she says she realized. “Maybe I was just doing the best I could under the circumstances.”
“I know that we parents want to be extraordinary parents,” she concludes. “But there are days when we are just going to be OK parents, and you know what, that’s great, that’s good enough.”
Watch Kuzmic share her moving story in the video below!
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