Be kind to the mama of the 'wild child', she's trying harder than you know

"I am the mother that feels guilty every single night. The mother that worries 'was I too hard on him today?' EVERY. DAY."

Five mums find out what their kids really think about them this Mother's day.

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To the mama with the 'wild child ', I see you.

I was once the person that would say, "that kid wouldn't act like that if they were disciplined ."

But oh did God have a plan of teaching me a lesson I didn't know I needed to learn, and making me eat those words .

I have the 'wild child'

The one that never stops. That never listens to no. The one that standing in the corner, taking things away, being sent to his room, leaving places, and even smacking does not phase.

The one that is LOUD. The one that will say, "I'm going to do it anyway" and proceed to do it, when told not to do something.Image: Kara Shook.Kara knows what it's like. Image: Kara Shook.

I am the mother that feels guilty every single night. The mother that worries 'was I too hard on him today?' EVERY. DAY.

The mother that sees the judgemental looks from strangers, even friends and family. The mother that deals with hurtful comments and watches my son be treated differently because he's a lot to handle.

Remember: Kids will be kids. Kids will make mistakes using media. Try to handle errors with empathy and turn a mistake into a teachable moment. But some indiscretions, such as sexting, bullying, or posting self-harm images, may be a red flag that hints at trouble ahead. Parents must observe carefully their children's behaviors and, if needed, enlist supportive professional help, including the family pediatrician.

The mother that picks battles and lets things go that I said I'd never let my child get away with, simply because if I didn't pick battles, he would always be in trouble.

"You're doing a good job!"

I am the mother of a strong willed, 'wild child'. And I pray that I'm able to guide him, and teach him to use it for good. That he will stand against the crowd or even alone to do the right thing. That he won't care what people say or think of him for doing the right thing.

I see you mama with the 'wild child'. You're doing a good job!

And if you're like I used to be, be kind to the mama of that 'wild child', she's trying harder than you could ever imagine.

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Image: Kara Shook.Be kind to the mama of the 'wild child'. Image: Kara Shook.