Being a mother is one of the MOST difficult jobs a woman will ever do. It is at a juncture in a women’s life where she puts the needs of her children before her own. It is a difficult thing to do, but somehow we do it and deal with the fact that our children really can’t thank us for it until they are much older and realize the sacrifices that were made on their behalf.
My own children often ask me why I do certain things for them and I tell them because that no matter how old you get I will always look out for your well being. Sometimes with age comes wisdom and we as mothers can see things that our kids cannot. It’s really hard to see our children go through things that we experienced as individuals and get hurt from them as we did, but that’s how they will learn and attain the wisdom that we have as mothers.
I think the hardest part of being a mom is remaining TRUE and AUTHENTIC to ourselves as women while becoming good mothers in the process. With each decade our lives change drastically. It’s different being a mom to a 2-year-old as opposed to a teenager, but one thing remains constant…the instinctual bond we have with our kids. I think it’s just ingrained in our hearts as women.
It is that instinctual awareness that helps us to nurture and form cohesive bonds with our kids throughout their lifetime and to help them form those same bonds with their children, too.
Was motherhood difficult at times??? Of course it was…between the kids…a career…a house…family…it was overwhelming some days, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It is all those things that made me appreciate and love my mother that much more. To realize that she was the glue in our family that always kept us together — through thick and thin.
I hope in this month of May that all of you can look at your own mothers and pick 3 things each week that you are thankful for. Give gratitude for the gifts that your mom gave to you…whether it’s your sense of humor…your stubbornness…or simply your kindness. These are some of the attributes that mothers give to us as children which help to mold us as individuals.
Happy Mother’s Day!