Hands up if you’ve ever had a complete mom fail! Yep, my hand is raised right alongside yours.
Jana is my fashion-loving, princess dress wearing, tea party planning girl. So I decided to plan a fancy mother-daughter outing with her. I had heard of a restaurant in a neighboring town called Miss Molly’s Tea Room that offered a tea party atmosphere amid Victorian decor. I knew tea and scones would be something she would enjoy. So, we got dressed in our fanciest dresses. We put on jewelry and fixed our hair. We got in the car, and before leaving I looked up the website so that I could get directions.
And that’s when I saw it. On Saturday, they close at 3 pm. The time was currently 2:50. Mom. Fail.
I wasn’t sure what to do at first. We were all dressed up with no where to go. I explained to Jana that I made a mistake and we couldn’t go to the tea party after all. She took it really well, but I still wanted to do something special with her. I decided we could still have a tea party, even without fancy Victorian decor. So, we altered our route and ended up at Bob Evans. We ordered hot chocolate and chocolate cake. We talked about The Greatest Showman, learning how to dance, starting preschool, and her dream to someday be both a princess and a mommy. We had the perfect afternoon together.
And today she is still talking about it. She can’t wait for our next tea party, and wants to invite Iris next time so that she can have fun with us too. It didn’t matter to her where we went, she just loved spending time together. So Moms, if you’re like me and it feels like you’re failing more often than not, just remember that you probably have higher expectations than your kids have. They don’t need expensive toys or the latest and greatest gadgets. They just want to spend time with you. To know that you are listening to them. That you care about the things they care about. Spend time reaching their heart and you’ll never have to worry about being a failure.