Mommin’ ain’t easy. It’s messy, unpredictable, emotionally exhausting and oh-so-rewarding all at once. Before becoming a mom, I had no idea what I was in for. To be 100% honest, there was a time in my 20’s that I didn’t even know if I wanted kids. Now that I have them, I couldn’t imagine my life any other way and I most definitely wouldn’t want to. As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reflecting on the 3 biggest things that motherhood has taught me so far.
Never Take Anything For Granted
The most important thing that motherhood has taught me is that life is precious, you guys! Our days are always numbered and we never know until the end how many we have left. Time flies by right before your eyes so spend it wisely. Apologize, forgive, laugh, cry, give hugs, tell your kids how important they are to you and why – today may be your only chance. I always want my girls to know just how much they mean to me.
Show Yourself Some Grace
There is so much pressure on us to be the perfect mom, wife, employee, etc. We as mom’s wear so many hats: from doctor, to chef, to taxi cab driver, to activities director, to therapist, to homework helper – it’s hard to do everything well. It’s important to remember that our kids are happiest when we are, so we need to be kind to ourselves too. The house may not be clean all the time, you may not get a shower everyday and you might need 2 cups of coffee to survive the mornings but it’s so important to forget about being perfect and actually spend time enjoying our lives.
Do What You Say, Mean What You Do
Kids are like sponges, constantly sucking up every bit of information around them. They learn so many things from us so it’s important to be mindful of the messages we’re putting out there. Actions speak far louder than words so we can’t forget to not only tell our kids how much we love them but show them as well. Stick to your guns when it comes to punishments and consequences but be sure to keep your promises also. These are the things that will teach your kids to trust you and others and help them to build strong and meaningful relationships later.
To all the hard working hustlin’ mamas out there, you’ve got this! Happy Mother’s Day!