Maybe you guys can help me with something. Lately I have been struggling with what it means to be a good mother. Most of the time I try not to worry about every little thing I am doing and whether it is right or wrong because let's face it, everyone has an opinion. However, recently I have been going back and forth & wondering if I'm doing my son an injustice by not sending him to daycare at least one day a week. I know there used to be a time when most momma's stayed home and it was not as common to take children to day care. However, now I feel like me staying home with him is not the norm. We make sure Olly goes to the park at least once a day to give him some interaction with other kiddos, but I can't help but over hear them speaking Spanish or singing songs that they learned at some type of day care and it makes me feel like my little one is behind. Is it normal to be questioning myself about this? If I take him to daycare then I worry about him getting sick and I want to be with him as much as possible before I send him off to real school in a few years. But If I don't send him I wonder if I am causing him to be behind? I must say that all of this "being a good parent" stuff has way over stayed its welcome in my noggin' and really put pressure on me to step up my game. I am now filling our walks with teachable moments (which can sometimes seem exhausting and I just want silence) and I have installed flash card aps on my ipad to teach him but all of it has me thinking I am being silly and acting crazy.
As long as my boy is happy, healthy, and has my attention, I'm doing ok...right? Just look at this face. I can't handle letting him down. Please tell me this phase of questioning myself is temporary & I'm not the only one going through this to some degree.