Motherhood cannot be perfected by a Nashville or Reyes filter like the life we often portray on Instagram. It’s messy and chaotic, but I personally wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t remember what life was like prior to becoming a mother. I truly believe my life started when my son was placed in my arms. He and I were instantaneously bonded. Now I will admit life as a mother has brought forth many challenges, but I can confirm these obstacles have been well worth the stressful and anxiety ridden days.
I want to send a shout-out over to Caitlin at Better with Babies for tagging me to participate in the #RockingMotherhood Challenge. Often as a mother, especially a young mom, I am often faced with the opinions (both appreciated as well as unwanted) of how I can be better, what I am “doing wrong,” etc. as a parent. I am going to take on this challenge and highlight the 10 ways that I think I am rocking this thing called motherhood.
Being the mom to an outgoing, fearless, loving, and stubborn two-year-old boy and soon-to-enter-this-world baby boy, my life is filled with constant surprises and unexpected adventure. I love being their mom; it’s my life’s work! Here are the 10 ways I am #RockingMotherhood.
The #RockingMotherhood Challenge is an opportunity for moms to encourage other moms by tagging them to highlight the 10 ways they are #RockingMotherhood.
- I Express Unconditional Love – The love I have for my boys is limitless. My sons, along with my husband, are my true loves. My boys have a strong hold on my heart. I would do anything for them, because as a wife and mother, I believe that is my responsibility.
- I Say I Love You ALL.THE.TIME. – Whenever there is an opportunity to say “I love you” to my sons, I say it! My kids will never have to question how much I love them. My two-year-old is constantly saying “I love you” and it just melts my heart.
- Family Comes First – No matter what’s going on in my life, if it’s a personal crisis, work, etc. my husband and my sons will always come first. There is nothing that I would ever put in front of them. They are my priority!
- I am Patient with My Son – I make a conscious effort to be patient with my son at all times. Whenever he has a moment of frustration or throws a toddler tantrum, I get down to his levels, talk him through what he is experiencing, and sooth him. There are a lot of feelings and emotions raging through such a small human being. He often doesn’t know how to handle what’s going on, and as a mother I’m suppose to guide and comfort him through it.
- I Play with My Son – Whether it’s reading the Pout Pout Fish 18 times a day, watching Troll Hunters and snuggling on the couch, holding a conversation on play cell phones, or building the tallest Lego structure, I take time to sit down and play with my son. I think it’s important to have that one-on-one time with my little guy!
- I Let Things Go – Before I had my son I was insanely particular about everything. If something was out of place, I would have an internal breakdown. Now as a mother, “I let it go,” as Elsa put it in Disney’s Frozen. My previous need for perfection is something I do not want to pass along to my sons. I want them to know it’s OK to make mistakes and not everything has to be perfect.
- My Son Has Manners – My two-year-old says please and thank you unprompted. I have a little gentleman on my hands. Whenever he asks for something he starts of his request with “please” and ends it with the sweetest “thank you.” I will take all of the credit!
- I Worry About Being a Good Parent – I worry about being a good parent all of the time, which in my mind means I am a good parent. I question if I am showing my son enough affection, am I teaching him the right things, am I responding to his needs appropriately, etc. My boys are my everything and I want to make sure I am doing my best as a parent to lead them down the right path, whatever that may be.
- I am Raising Good Men – As a mother it is my job to make sure my kids are working towards the greater good. The way I speak, react, and interact with my kids is all in hopes of raising decent human beings. They will be men who will care for others, be accepting of everyone, stand up for what is right, and show love and respect. We need to good men, and God-willing, I am doing my part to ensure that we do.
- I am a Certified Mama Bear – I self-identify as a mama bear. You may or may not see this as a good thing, but I wear the badge with pride. I am extremely protective of my boys and I will do everything in my power to protect my babies. Do you know the signs at the zoo that say “Please don’t mess with the caged animals”? Well they apply to my every day life as well. I should walk around with a sign that says, “Please don’t mess with my kids, because it will not turn out well for you.”
Hey moms, I’m tagging you to participate in the #RockingMotherhood Challenge:
1.Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
2.List 10 things you believe make you a good mother.
3.Tag some bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
4.Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.
Hey moms! You’re #RockingMotherhood