Being a mother is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs anyone could ask for.
From the moment they are born, you're a mom forever, and suddenly another being is depending on you for it all.
Below is a list of our favorite quotes to keep us inspired as well as a small "take away" to either journal, converse with a spouse about, or just sit and think for a minute. Because as you know, in Driven Day world, we're all about taking those moments to pause and reflect to ensure our daily habits align with our values.
1. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” – Maria Shriver
Remember the main goal. So many times we're focused on making sure their face is clean, they ate a vegetable, and that they finished their homework. Let's remember the basic values we want to instill on the regular and make sure we're discussing concepts like kindness, compassion, and care. Did they eat scrambled eggs three nights in a row? Do we even care or are societal expectations making us think we should, when in reality, we could care less. Perhaps that YouTube video they're watching really doesn't align well with our values and is more of a pressing matter. Let's also ensure we're acting as a role model for these traits with how we treat out kids.
2. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
We're all unique, so instead of comparing ourselves to other moms, let's remember what makes us special and unique. Take a few minutes to recall what makes you special as a person. Maybe you're super funny, great at drawing cute characters, or a really good listener. Embrace that!
3. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren
Make sure you ARE thinking of yourself though. Did you eat tonight? Did you make sure YOU had a normal bedtime routine? Do YOU have your favorite clothes clean.
4. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” – Barbara Kingsolver
Are you teaching your children skills for adult life? Basic skills like cooking, cleaning up after themselves, identifying emotions, setting them up for success long term?
5. “If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”—Bette Davis
Make sure you're setting boundaries in your home that you are comfortable with and that create healthy children. "Keep it happy, keep it positive, we want happy memories!", are always buzzing around in our brain, and obviously we want to say yes as often as we can. But the reality is, we also are setting up our children to be capable adults, members of society, and saying yes all the time achieves nothing long term.
6. “If I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: Be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.”—John Holt
Make sure your expectations of your children are the same you'd have for yourself or any human. We all get angry and disappointed, we ALL hate sitting for a long period of time. We all hate doing certain things. So let's try to be understanding when they get bored, hate doing a task, or are having basic feelings that you and I totally have on the regular.
Hope these were helpful, and as always anytime I write anything parenting related, I'm humbled because this is more for me than anyone else. I just like being the facilitator.