As cheesy as it sounds, I don't think I realized how damaging my own self-talk was until I had a baby and was staying home with her (and only her) all day long. Every day, at certain moments, I would get so down on myself and my lack of perceived success at being a mom. It took a conscious effort to change that inner monologue, as well as leaning on a few quotes I like to remember when I felt like I was failing as a mom.
When you are home alone with a new baby who can barely make an expression, let alone talk back to you, it's very easy to get inside your own head and start down a vicious spiral of thinking you're not doing a good enough job. And, unfortunately, sometimes you're the only person who can pull yourself out of that spiral. Having a few quotes in your back pocket is useful when things start to get dire.
Before I had a baby, I used to have to pump myself up to go out for a run by telling myself, "If you left when you started thinking about it, you'd be done by now." Now that I have a daughter, the inner script has changed. Now, I'm constantly telling myself, "Babies are not robots, babies are not robots." It's a good thing I don't usually say it out loud, because it makes me sound a little nutty. However, it's what keeps me from going bananas when my daughter doesn't nap when she's supposed to or only wants to eat sugar snacks for dinner.
Here are a few more extra-helpful quotes that have gotten me through those tough days of motherhood: