This is a post I did a while ago. I find it helps me to re-read it from time to time. For those who have been around a while, maybe a re-read will help you be thankful. For those who are new here, to start off Thanksgiving week I figured what better way than to reflect on why I love my number one job.
Top Five Things About Being a Mom
Top Five Things About Being a Mom
1. Reading Aloud in Funny Voices- When else can you speak in British, French, or Frog accents and be openly accepted by your adoring audience. I also love that they think I’m terribly funny and have a fantastic singing voice. They help me fulfill my dreams of being a Broadway star or stand up comic.
2. Being Married to the Dad- My husband has been my best friend since the day we met. I have an unbelievable amount of respect and admiration for him (don’t tell him though-it may ruin my rep) but of course after being together so many years there are times where all I can see are the flaws. Seeing him as a dad though, now that brings him to super-human heights in my mind. When I am ready to kill him over some silly argument or forgotten household task, all I need it to hear him read to our daughter, sing to our son or tell the baby he is proud of him and it reduces me to the young girl who used to get butterflies talking to Him on the phone so many years ago-when he wasn’t a humble dad, but instead all tanned Superman lifeguard swagger.
3. Teaching- I love that every day I have the ability to teach my kids something new about the world. At times this is an overwhelming responsibility and I m afraid I may screw it up at any moment. But overall, the look on their faces when you can show them how to decipher a word, or make a cake or identify a flower, bird or bug is worth all the “why mommys” in the world.
4. Learning: from my children and from the fascinating women I’ve met because we are moms- From my children I have learned humility and that the world is full of wonder. I have learned to question things. Mostly I have loved learning to slow down and take great joy in things I used to just pass right by. From the Super Moms I have met, I have learned not to take life so seriously, to ask for help and accept it graciously, to laugh. Mostly I’ve learned that women are a powerful force to be reckoned with.
5. Being an advocate- There is a reason that bears and lions are summoned when trying to describe how mothers protect their babies. There is a physical response that takes over you when you fear your child is in peril. Through advocating for my kids I have learned that it is not shameful to ask for what you believe you deserve and it is not shameful to feel you deserve more than you maybe have. As a person, I have always accepted less so as not to rock the boat. As a mother, I will never accept less than what I believe my children deserve and there is great power in that movement.
Please share what you’ve learned. Your stories are what I am thankful for!
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Crystal D says
I super love this top five.
My number 6 is: Being grateful. My kids make me ultra aware of how lucky I am to have them and things like a home, food, clean water and love. There is not a day that passes by without me thinking of how grateful I am to have my kids.