Gearing up for Mother’s Day Weekend – one of the rare weekends of the year that is all about you, mom – we naturally reflect on our journeys into motherhood… and realize all that we really do for our kids.
The sleepless nights, cold coffees, the extra 20 pounds we carry around our midsections… we’ve all earned our “Mom Coupon Book” that will be coming our way Sunday morning, with promises for a night out alone, a bubble bath, a glass of wine, a night of no cooking… Or whatever else our wonderful families think up.
Now that that’s out of the way… Ignore those sleepless nights, heat up your coffee for the 13th time, pop in Jillian Michaels latest fitness DVD and reflect on the things that make motherhood totally rock! (These are the reasons we decide to undertake it again and again… another baby? of course – lets do it! No pun intended).
Here are 10 reasons why being a mom totally rocks!
1. Life is simpler… If you let it.
We clutter our lives full of to-do lists and laundry – but take that time-out with your kids and you’ll be quick to realize how none of that matters. They would gladly spend all day in their pyjamas with you, playing airplane and making a couch tent. What you consider your laziest of days, may become one of their most cherished.
2. Your Priorities are Suddenly Clear.
The moment you become a mom, however that happens for you, your life becomes full of meaning and purpose. You know who comes first – they do. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. You get to be a kid again.
Ok, so mom is the stereotypical stick-in-the-mud and dad gets to be the big kid. But, moms – we don’t have to let dads have all the fun! Think back to your own childhood, and remember those times we loved most. Now – we get to share those times with our own kids – reliving those memories again. It’s our turn to give our kids their own moments to remember – and we most definitely get to have fun doing it!
4. You know what it’s like to be the most important person to someone.
As intimidating as it may sound, it’s true, you matter most to those little ones. Our hugs and kisses suddenly have magical powers that can defeat the scariest of monsters and work better than any bandaid. Walk into their room and their faces will light up because they see YOU. Their mom. They cry out your name when they are sad, mad, scared – because you are their rock. And there’s nothing we wouldn’t give to be that for them.
5. You are given a clear picture of what love looks like.
As a girl, you dream about what it feels like to be in love. As a mother – you get to fall in love again everyday.
You’re introduced to your baby for the first time and your heart swells so big you think you’re going to explode. And you do. With happy tears.
When you think you couldn’t love any more than you already do – you decide to have another baby. Your family grows and so with it, your heart.
And that heart reminds you how full of love you are every, single, day – just by looking at your children (really, look).
6. You spend more time outside.
Let’s face it. We all want to spend more time outside. And then someone invented Netflix.
Having children gives you the perfect opportunity to spend more time outside. Something happens to a child when they go outside. A lightbulb turns on somewhere, and everything is pleasant, fun and easy. Fussy babies are no longer fussy, there’s no fighting from the big kids… Just laughing, playing, running. And mom – you’re spending more time outside.
7. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone.
Okay so this one isn’t so fun sometimes, but we’re always thankful for it after the fact. Our children are not the same as us, and it becomes very clear when they do something completely out of our comfort zone. It’s gonna happen if it hasn’t already. Ask embarrassing questions, do embarrassing things. Own it. Love them for it. And learn something about yourself.
8. You become very aware of your habits.
Good and bad. Yes our kids are not like us, but they sure do pick up on our habits. It’s always nice to see them pick up our healthy habits (eating vegetables, saying please…) but it’s a good slap in the face when they pick up one of the nasty ones. “I have no idea where he got that from?!” … Cue husband: “Um, dear, you do that all of the time.” Think of it as an opportunity to better yourself.
9. You are accomplished.
The most satisfying thing is when you truly feel like you’ve taught your kids something. Maybe you overhear your children solving a conflict on their own – with your words coming out of their mouths. Maybe they’re about to do something dangerous for the 15th time, they look back at you and you won’t even have to say anything, give them the “look” and they listen. However small or big, you can’t help but feel accomplished. Celebrate that.
10. You are loved unconditionally.
Yes we have to be the bad guy sometimes. But they will turn around and thank you for it in some way, someday. There is nothing you could do to break the love that your children hold for you in their heart. Of course they will love you at your best, but they will keep on loving you when you’re at your worst.
To your children, you are the most beautiful woman in the world – and always will be. Own it. Motherhood rocks!