I finally feel like I am at the point in my life where I can call myself a somewhat experienced mom. I’m not a newbie anymore thats for sure. I still have the whole “school mom” thing to master (more on that come September) but 4 and under, i’ve got that down! I remember back to the days before I became a mom, thinking that reading all the parenting books would make me the perfect mother. A good dose of reality has changed that opinion. Don’t get me wrong! I love parenting books, I love learning from others mistakes, and successes, but when it comes to my kids, I’ve discovered I know best. God gave them to me for a reason. No matter what Suzy at the park did to potty train little Liam, or how Liz got her kid to eat veggies every night, or Shawna’s “baby must haves” are, at the end of the day. You know best. You know how your kids are going to react (most of the time) to any given situation. You know that hiding veggies, or bribing them with a treat is how certain things get done. One day I won’t be here. I hope to leave behind kind, polite, functioning members of society that you would be happy to call a friend. I want to teach them respect, trust, kindness, and to be helpful. I want them to embrace life, and live each day to the fullest. I want them to work hard and give back. I want them to have deep meaningful relationships with others, and above all I want them to love God.
When you look deep down at the things that matter in life, you will find its your family, and your friends. Relationships. Thats what matters. Material things do not matter, sure they might make our stay here on earth more comfortable, and hey I love a pretty decor item that is completely frivolous just like anyone else, but investing into my kids is the most important thing I will ever do. Teaching them to love others, and put others first is my job. So my advice to you is simple. Look inside your heart. Discover what matters to you. Think about what you would want others to say about you in your absence. Then teach and train your children that way. Love them. Listen to them. Be a good example to them. Take time to appreciate the small moments. Last but not least, seek advice through books and others experiences but listen to your gut. You are probably right. Oh and when all else fails, always carry candy 😉 Happy Mothers Day Mama’s. You work hard everyday. Take the day, and just appreciate the amazing fact that someone calls you mommy, mama, mum, grandma, nana etc. and loves you unconditionally.