10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me

I dreamed of becoming a mom my whole life.  One of my favorite pastimes well beyond when it was socially acceptable was to play babies.  I loved to stroll my dolls around.  I watch my own daughters lovingly dote on their baby dolls as well.  Motherhood has been the best gift and the hardest assignment I have ever had. It has taught me so much so for this month’s 10 on the 10th link-up, I thought it would be fun to share 10 things motherhood has taught us.  I am anxious to see what you all say!  Let me share my list…

 

 

1 – A Mother’s Love is Unlike Any Other.

I thought I knew love before I had kids, wrong!  There is this unexplainable, deep abiding love I have for my children.  I remember during my 2nd pregnancy worrying that I would not be able to love my 2nd child in that same deep way but the day she was born and I held both of them in my arms, I did.  I always equate it to how the Grinch’s heart grew 10 sizes in one day.  My heart just expanded to love another child.  The love of a mother is strong, fierce and unlike any other.

2 – Never Say Never

Oh man this has bit me in the behind more times than I care to admit.  I would never let my kid do (fill in the blank).  A friend said, “I was the best parent before I had kids.” HA!  It’s so true.  I had everything figured out.  I would do this and never do that.  My kids go to school after dressing themselves and my pre-kid self cringes but the present me is just happy everyone is dressed and out the door!

3 – Pick Your Battles

Early on in my mothering career, a friend told me to pick my battles and then win!  It makes me laugh but it’s true.  Kids have strong wills so sometimes it’s a battle of wills and if I decide to engage in the battle, by golly I will win! However, sometimes it is just not worth the fight to gain victory.  Is swapping the blue cup out for the pink cup worth the tantrum?

 

 

4 – Sometimes Natural Consequences Work Better

I’ll never forget the day Vera insisted she was going to wear a swimsuit to play in the backyard.  It was the first sunny spring day but it was still only about 50 degrees, I knew she wouldn’t get hurt but she would get cold.  She lasted about 2 minutes before she came back inside to change.  Letting her wear the suit and getting cold saved me a whole lot of negotiation!

5 – Discipline Hurts Just as Much for Mom

I remember when I would get in trouble as a kid, my parents would say this hurts me as much as it does you.  I think I rolled my eyes at that and got into more trouble but it’s true.  I don’t like disciplining my kids but I know it’s for the best.

6 – Comparison Will Eat You Whole

Each one of us mothers based on our unique personality and it’s so hard not to compare yourself to everyone else.  I find myself quickly falling into the trap of “I should do that because they are” and the list goes on and on.  One of my friends early on gave me some wonderful advice.  She said, “God ordained you the perfect mother for your children.”  God knows us best and He is never wrong so I fall back to that truth often especially, when I start to compare.

7 – I can Embarrass Someone Simply by Being their Mother.

I remember being mortified of my own mother as a child, mostly as a teenager.  As my kids are getting older, they are starting to get more sensitive to my actions as well.

8 – Mom Brain is a Thing

I dash off to get something and by the time I get to the room, I can’t for the life of me remember what I went in that room for or I go to the room for something and come back with something completely different.  I go to the store with a list and come home with everything but the one item on the list.  We have to remember a lot as moms and I truly believe there is just not enough room some days, ok I’ll be honest every day!

9 – Mom Guilt comes with the Territory

When you become a mother, guilt just comes with it.  It doesn’t have to define us but it’s there and we all feel it.  No one is immune to mom guilt.

10 – Being a mom has been the highlight of my life.

I know I will look back on my days on this Earth and say my greatest joys, my greatest blessings revolve around being a mother and enjoying life with my family.  There are hard days but it’s true what they say, the days may be long but the years go by so fast.  I blinked and my babies are now babies no longer.  Since we can’t pause our life, I’ll just be thankful for every moment along the way.  Just like all things, the hard days fade or make us laugh and the sweet moments are tucked safely in our hearts to relish as memories!

 

 

An extra for good measure – My Mom was Right!

I had the best mom growing up and when I became a mom, I realized why she did what she did!  I am thankful for her example and I am the mom today because of her.  Thanks, mom!

 

So, there you have it just a few of the many, many things I have learned from motherhood!  Now, it’s your turn.  Make sure you link-up below and then visit a new friend or two and read their posts!

 

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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