Although parenting is a sweet and precious gift, we all know that raising little ones is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Some days you’re snuggling with your child, having fun, and bonding, and feeling on top of the world. The next day, it seems like nothing can stop the meltdowns, tantrums, and sibling fights. We’ve all been there. Parenting can feel like a lonely and difficult journey, but be encouraged. We’re all in this together. We’re here to be the community around you to walk alongside you and help when life gets hard. While caring for your little ones is a priority, you also need to take care of yourself. Here’s some encouragement to help you through the hard days. It’s helped us, and we sure hope it can help you too.

“You will always be your child’s favorite toy.” —Vicky Lanksy

While other things will entertain your child for a while, they will always treasure quality time spend with you. You will never regret taking a few minutes to engage in playtime with them, even though it feels exhausting sometimes. Your children will love your presence more than they will any toy, show, or distraction.

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” —Harold Hulburt

It can be so discouraging to parent on days when your child seems to be pressing all your buttons and draining the patience right out of you. However, these times might be when they need to be shown the most love. A child acting out can be a cry for attention because that is what they crave. Your love and attention, even when it’s hard to give, is a gift that they need. Take a deep breath, and keep going. You’re not alone.

“There’s nothing called a perfect parent, so just be a real one.” —Sue Atkins

Sometimes we feel the pressure to be a perfect parent. In a world of social media, we often compare ourselves to other parents around us and feel like we’re not as capable or put-together as others. This is a lie! Social media is a collection of curated moments and surface-level snapshots. Life is deeply complicated, and every parent knows that, whether they dress their kid in all-neutral outfits or have a living room full of hand-me-down toys. The goal of parenting is to be your authentic, loving self for your family. At the end of the day, all you can bring is all that matters.

We hope these quotes help inspire you whether you feel great about parenting right now or are feeling discouraged and alone. Please know that you can always reach out for help, and there are lots of people around you that can lend a helping hand. You don’t have to have it all together– none of us do. We’re raising tiny humans after all, and that’s a lot of work! You got this.