Motherhood is difficult, and there's no way around it. The degree of difficulty, of course, varies from day to day, but it's never 100 percent easy. As an avid Sex and the City fan, I liken it to Charlotte York's relationship with Harry. She's not happy all day every day, but every day she's happy. I'm not always completely confident, but I'm confident that I'm the best person to be my son's mother. When I asked moms to share the first moment they felt like they had this parenting thing down, I realized that feeling completely clueless and totally capable, all at once, is par for the parenting course. It might not always be easy all day every day, but every day you realize you're capable of way more than you give yourself credit for.
When the following 12 moms shared that initial affirming moment that reminded them they could totally handle this whole mom thing, I was wonderfully reminded that a woman's confidence in her role as a mom can come from a variety of different places. Sometimes you realize you're capable because your day went smoothly, and other times you feel better about your abilities because a stranger decided to throw a kind word in your direction. Then, of course, there are the moments when your kids actually let you know how great a job you're doing, and you can see them learning and developing right in front of your eyes because of the hard work you're doing. That, in my opinion, is the best.
Even though I can give myself an "A" grade at least once a day for my parenting, I also feel like I'm failing miserably at least once a day, too. Like I said, my confidence isn't all day every day, but more of a "come and go" type situation that makes me really appreciate the "wins" of parenthood when they roll around. So, with that in mind and in case you're feeling a little low on the confidence front, here's what a few moms had to say about the first moment they felt like they could totally rock parenthood. Because, well, you can, too.