I love my children deeply. I couldn't imagine life without them, and I don't want to. But as much as I love being their mom I would be lying if I said I love every moment of parenthood. It's hard to admit the truth, but I think it's a conversation all of us moms should start having. And if you talk to other moms in confidence, they'll likely share the moments they've regretted motherhood, too. In fact, I don't know a single mom that won't admit to questioning her decision to become a parent from time to time.
Honestly, I think us moms are so wrapped up in trying to curate an image of a perfect home, perfect kids, perfect relationships, and perfect Pinterest-worthy parenting that we seem to forget that no one is perfect. So it's OK to hate your kids' behavior sometimes, or be completely overwhelmed by how hard it is to be a mom. It's alright to admit that you really miss sleeping or that you've suffered a monumental break down. It's OK to wish for the days when you were able to pee by yourself or leave the house at a moment's notice. We all have those moments, and the more we're willing to be honest about them the more moms will feel comfortable coming forward and being "real" about motherhood and all it entails.
Having regrets or missing your child-free life doesn't make you a bad mom. It just means you are being authentic about your experiences, and that you're willing to be honest with yourself about the parenting moments that make you wish you could take a very, very long break from your children. So if you're feeling a little down and out about motherhood, read these moms' confessions and know that you're far from alone: