I was going to wait until Mother’s Day to post my Rocking Motherhood Challenge, but I also wanted to be able to tag all of the awesome mamas before Mother’s Day – so, I picked today, boy the younger is now the big 1-0. Excuse me while I go sob, I’ll be back with you in just a minute.
Okay, I’m back. So, to why we’re here. A few weeks ago I was tagged by the Annie over at Life As Annie P in the Rocking Motherhood Challenge. The idea, to encourage mothers to take a look at all the amazing things their doing and how they’re rocking the mom life. Here are mine:
10 Ways I’m Rocking Motherhood
- I’m my own type of mother. I was young when I had my kids and thought I needed to take any & all advice
of the mothers before me. While, I got some great advice, I also learned I needed to be the mom that was right for my family and I. So, some of your cousins sisters boyfriends aunts daughter’s advice didn’t fit our lifestyle, sorry. We are who we are.
- I encourage their passions. No, I don’t particularly care to hear the sax at 7:30 am, or feel like giving up the kitchen for a paint studio or going to the skate park. But I will, and I do (within reason). These are their passions, and I want them to pursue their dreams and keep their passion in life.
- I instilled the value of hard work. I learned from a young age to work for what I wanted, and I knew that was a value I wanted to hand down to them. Since they could, they’ve helped with chores, cutting/splitting wood in the late summer, taking care of the animals, helping neighbors, etc. I want them to earn their own and grow their independence and ability to care for themselves. I don’t want them living in my basement when they’re 34.
- We’re a family. We stick up for each other and we’re there for each other. No matter what squabbles or fights we may be having, at the end of they day they’re the most and closest each of them has.
- I didn’t raise quitters. They have to try and try again. We don’t bail on teammates or give up on our dreams. There’s always a way and they look for it.
- I’ve taught love and compassion. Sometimes I have to remind them, they’re not the center of the universe, there are so many people with so much less. There are people who are different than us, but every single person is a human. Who deserves to be treated with humanity, love and respect. Quick story: a few years ago we went out to see Santa, my oldest son told Santa he didn’t need anything, but what he wanted was all other kids to get something this year. It was one of those proud mama crying in public moments when I was told about it. Some people suck in life, but we still show humanity as much as possible.
- I encourage them to be themselves. I want them to learn their own identity and embrace their individuality. They all have their quirks that make them who they are. Boy the younger is currently rocking hot pink shoes and boy the older has hair longer than any of us. They are who they are. I want them.
- I take them on adventures. I believe curiosity and discovery are important to personal growth and experience is an educator. Whether we go hiking, to a museum, visit a monument or landmark. We learn and grow and collect family memories.
- I co-parent. This is probably the most important one, because their dad and I both know the feeling of split homes, we work together to give them the best life we can. I’m lucky we are still close, but even in those moments we struggled, we always put them first.
- I am me. It took me quite a while to separate myself from being “so-and-so’s mom” and to stop feeling selfish when I take a timeout, when my own health and happiness suffers, it reflects in my parenting and their life. I take time to take care of myself so I can be the best mother/person I can be for them.
Now it’s your turn.
Thanks for reading mine, now I want to see yours! Here are a few mama’s I’m tagging to take on the #rockingmotherhoodchallenge!
The Ladies at 3MomCircus
Holly at Pack The Corkscrew
Jess at Unprocessed Jess
Heather at My Moxietude
Juli at Mom Always Knows
Aryn at With Cream and Sugar
Marissa at DIYtified
1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind).
3. Tag 3 or more bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.