Happy Mothers' Day to all the wonderful women out there doing the hardest job in the world. You are all superheros.
Since I became a mother back in 2007, I have been on such a journey. There have been many amazing, wonderful times and my daughters fill my life with so much joy. But there have also been some really difficult and hard times when I have wondered if I am up to the job.
But then the clouds lift, the phase passes (there is always a phase!) and I remember the best piece of advice that I have ever been given by a midwife - to be kind to myself.
I saw someone on Instagram recently talking about how it is ok to be a "good enough parent" - there is so much pressure on women to have it all and do it all, to lead a 'perfect' life, juggling a successful career and a happy home life. And social media can make you feel like a failure and that you are not coping or achieving when everyone else is. But the truth is, there is nothing wrong with being "good enough".
As long as children are loved, fed and cared for, they will not remember the school kits that you forgot to pack, or the welsh cakes you forgot to buy for the school eisteddfod. I drop so many balls each month and my house is always messy (I blame my creative streak) but my kids are so loved and happy that I really need to stop feeling guilty about the things that I don't remember to do.
After all nobody looks back on their life and wishes that their Mum spent more time dusting when they were young! Kids just want your time. And I plan to treasure every moment I have with my two, even when the times get tough. So the duster can stay in the cupboard today, the hoovering can wait and we are off to visit my Mum.
Have a lovely Mothers' Day and be proud to be good enough.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Events. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns. Dislikes rudeness, meanness and people who spit.