The moment you hold your child in your arms for the first time you become the friend, confidant, teacher, transport, cheerleader, chef, personal assistant, motivational speaker and so much more! Biology is the least of the factors that makes you a mother but the connection you form with your child does.
Motherhood is not about who packs the healthiest lunch, who buys the coolest toys, who’s child walks first or talks first, who’s child is the best at math, who’s is the cleanest or who’s birthday party is the biggest. It is about the connection you make with your child, the lessons you will teach each other and the journey you have to walk together. It isn’t always beautiful, fun, wonderful or easy, but the magnificent moments make all the challenging ones worthwhile. Motherhood displays the beauty of unconditional love, whether this love is for your own child, a step-child or an adoptive one. Motherhood is a 24 hour job that can be thankless at times, but know that you are the backbone of your family and you mean so much.
How to show your mother that you appreciate her:
- Tell her that you appreciate something she does for you.
- Say ‘I Love You’.
- If you live with your mother give her some ‘me time’.
- Clean her house or hire a housekeeper to help her for the day.
- Visit or call your mother to catch up.
- Bring her flowers or her favourite treat.
- Bake her a treat or cook a meal for her.
- Say thank you.
- Take her to the spa or have a spa day at home.
Tips for being a happier mother:
- Don’t compare yourself with other mothers – I know this one is really difficult, especially with social media, but know that you are doing your best for your kids. No one can love your children and raise them the way you do.
- Don’t play the blame game – Don’t blame yourself when things don’t work out according to plan. There’s a lot of guilt that happens when you’re a mom these days, but do your best.
- Trust your instincts – Your maternal instincts or gut feel counts a lot when you are a mom. Trust your inner feelings, you know your child.
- Do your best – Not your sister, mother, aunt, granny, friend’s best. Your best. You are amazing. You are capable. You are enough!
- Look after yourself – You can’t pour from an empty vessel. Love yourself and take care of yourself so that you can give your best to your family. Your kids know when you are happy or sad or stressed out. Take some time out. You deserve it!
- Communicate – Communicate with your kids and your partner. Communicating with your children from a young age teaches them that they can come to you with their problems and you’ll listen. Communicate with your partner and tell them how you feel, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Have fun – Let go and be silly sometimes. Jump on the bed, have a food fight, stage a staring contest, camp in the backyard. Parenting is hard work, but you’re allowed to have fun!
- Ask for help – Reach out to people in your community when you are feeling overwhelmed. Get help. You don’t have to do everything by yourself.
- Cuddle – Show your children that you love them by cuddling them, reading bedtime stories, taking them out and saying ‘I Love You’.
I’ve also compiled a few motherhood affirmations to recite if you desire:
How do you show your mother that you love and appreciate her? How do you stay happy as a mom? Do you have any motherhood tips that you would like to share? Let me know by commenting below!
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