As a mother I always question myself whether or not I am doing a good enough job? Could I be doing more? Am I hovering over them too much? Am I raising them to be good people and make good choices? Truth is being a mom has been the hardest but most rewarding job that I have ever endured. A very common phrase used by many mothers.
I have a sign that hangs in the hallway to my toddlers bedrooms which reads “be a joyful mother of children”. I bought it when I was pregnant with my first because I loved the statement. And everyday I read it and remind myself all the reasons that these little beings, with a mix of me and their father in them, bring such joy to my life.
But what about the days that I don’t feel so joyful. Do they notice? Are they aware that mommy just isn’t feeling up to par today because it seems to me that sometimes they like to see just how far they can test my patience. Even at such a young age they know how to strategize with each other to see just what they can and cannot get away with. On these particular days I try to remember the little things that are of big importance.
I love to hear my children laugh, especially at the simplest of events. I am the outsider watching them in their little world of wonder. The communication between them that only they understand.
Their innocence Their minds haven’t been corrupted by the ways of the world yet. Their only disappointment is that the fruit snacks have ran out and mommy isn’t running to the store to get more.
Their youth Oh to be young and have no major responsibilities. The plans of the day are to eat, play, and sleep. Your role of the day is maybe helping mom fold some laundry or picking up the toys.
Their minds The little wheel is constantly turning. Little sponges, gathering as much information as they can comprehend.
Their health Not only that they are healthy but that they have so much energy. The kind of energy I would like to bottle up and use when needed because at my age that kind of energy doesn’t come along without a massive dose of caffeine or B vitamins.
Being a “joyful” mother might have different meanings to different mothers. But for me it’s just finding the moments that remind me why I decided to become a mother in the first place.
Joyful Mother (most of the time),
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