Motherhood is so challenging! Some days are great… other days, not so much. That’s why I’m really excited that Jessica at Body After Baby nominated me to participate in a blog post tag where moms shout out the 10 reasons they are rocking motherhood.
10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood
- R made a dramatic entrance into this world and we got through it together. I endured 51 hours of labour (yes, 51 hours), a serious infection and an emergency c-section. Thank goodness R was born healthy and full of personality. We are so lucky to have him in our lives!
- R’s favourite meal is mac & cheese and I have to say, I’ve become somewhat of a mac & cheese expert. While I’d be super happy if he would eat my baked mac & cheese with cauliflower and broccoli, he prefers the good old mac & cheese from the box. I make it healthier by buying organic and adding extra cheese for protein. It’s gooey, creamy and he loves it!
- Manners are important to me. I want R to be polite and gracious with everyone he meets. E and I always try to emphasize the importance of saying please, thank you and excuse me. When it’s just the three of us we’re lucky if we don’t get farted on, but when we’re with others, I’m amazed that R actually says please, thank you and excuse me (most of the time). When this happens I get the feeling we are doing something right and I may just be rocking motherhood.
- I work full time outside the home and have a professional education. By continuing to work towards my professional goals, I think I’m teaching R that women/moms can do anything.
- E and I are lucky. We have the means to be charitable and donate as we see fit to organizations that are important to us. Now that R is five, we’re working on teaching him to be generous, grateful and charitable as well. We take him to fundraisers and explain where the money is going, raise money for charity in honour of his birthday and have him join us when we volunteer (if it’s age appropriate).
- R knows that with me, he always:
- has a shoulder to cry on;
- arms to embrace him in a big bear hug; and
- hands that are clapping to cheer him on in whatever he chooses to do.
- We’re raising a multidimensional child. We let him focus on his own interests and pursue them. Except for swimming – he needs to learn how to swim even if he hates it.
- R is a kind soul. He reaches out to help others when they need it and is a very empathetic child. I think some of this comes from E and I and the way we treat others and the world around us. While sometimes this can make him feel as though he is carrying the weight of the world on his little shoulders, his caring nature is very special.
- We travel and expose R to new things. E and I have always been travelers both individually and together. We continue to go on interesting trips and love taking R with us. By visiting different places, R is learning about new places and having lots of fun in the process!
- I’m teaching R never to give up. We all face challenges on a daily basis and it’s important to be resilient and face life head on. I’m not always perfect, and like everyone I often have bad days (or weeks). However, I do try to emphasize positivity and hard work with R so that he’ll grow up with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic.
How are you rocking motherhood? Let me know all the awesome things you’re teaching your kids in the comments!
For more parenting tips and information, check out these posts:
- Parenting a Strong Willed Child
- Secrets to Travelling with Kids
- Helping your Child Transition to Kindergarten
- Tips for Dining Out With Kids
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