10 Ways I’m Totally Rocking Motherhood.
When I heard about the 10 ways I’m rocking motherhood tag I just knew I had to get tagged eventually. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day stresses of motherhood and forget just how much we rock at being a mom.
Now that the housekeeping is done, let’s get into my list.
1. One on one time
I’m sure this is helped by being a work from home mom, but each day I make sure to take a few minutes to play one on one. Her daddy does the same. It’s a good time to leave everything be and just immerse myself in really connecting with my girl.
Right now we either play with little people, go for a walk, or color. I usually go for coloring and E loves it. It works well for us because we don’t let her have crayons unsupervised, for the obvious reasons.
2. I make taking care of myself a priority
It is so important to take care of yourself and your needs. In order for me to be the absolute best mom that I can be, I need to make sure I am not getting worn down.
Being a mom is hard, it is demanding, and it can suck all the life out of you. If I don’t take a little time for me each day I stop feeling like myself and sink into a giant funk.
3. Marriage comes first
From the beginning Jorden and I have made sure to place our relationship before everything. I almost should have put this first, it’s that important to us.
We wont have kids at home forever. Eventually it will just be us again, so in the meantime we need to maintain our relationship by having regular time for just us. One day, when the house is empty we won’t seem like strangers to each other.
4. A united front
My husband and I are a united front in all aspects. I don’t have to worry about discipline I begin while he is at work being undone when he gets home. A quick conversation saying I took ____ away, or no treats is all it takes. Eventually through the evenings discussion we will go more in detail an what happened during the day to cause the punishment, but from the start, there’s no hesitation on following through.
This works for rewards as well. If we had an exceptionally good day and I promise a trip to the park, or something special as a reward he makes through that night.
5. Teaching the important things early
My daughter might be under 2, but there’s no waiting to introduce the classics. She has been introduced to Harry Potter, she knows Gilmore Girls, and she loves watching these with mommy.
As she grows I will introduce her to other important pop culture things she will need in her life.
6. We read daily
Reading is one of my favorite leisure activities and E definitely loves the mommy time. She will pile books on my lap and crawl up on me as we read through each one.
Its not uncommon to see her bookshelf completely empty as she looks through book after book looking at pictures and “reading” to her toys. Books are her favorite things.
I am so thankful to have the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in our area so we can get a book every month. E loves it when her new book arrives each month.
7. Dance Parties are a must
One of our favorite times of the day is our dance party. Crank up the music and just have some fun dancing like nobody is watching.
E is the kid who dances and sings nonstop anyways so when mommy gets in on it she is in heaven. We laugh and enjoy the goofy time together. It doesn’t matter what we listen to, just as long as we have fun.
8. Embracing the chaos
Motherhood is chaos. There’s no 2 ways about it. Between the toys everywhere, unpredictable toddler behavior, and crumbs everywhere, life with a toddler is chaos. One day this mess will finally be cleaned, and I will miss the toys scattered everywhere.
I refuse to strive to keep a perfect home while the chaos is in full effect. When my home is empty and I’m missing having someone little making messes everywhere, I will be thankful that I spent the extra time playing and making messes instead of cleaning nonstop.
9. I try not to compare to other moms
This one is difficult. It isn’t so tempting to look at moms who seem to have it all and feel that you’re lacking. Truth is, those moms feel just as you and I do. They have days that they question everything they do.
I find that when I fall down the trap of comparing myself to other moms it dooms my outlook. The other fact is, we don’t put all the day to day boringness on social media….. well not all of us that is. Lol. Just because you see a mom who has it all together chances are it is filtered. We don’t see her dealing with daily chaos and struggles.
10. An amazing support system
One of the best things is to be part of a support system. I have a great group of friends that talk often. This support system gives a safe place for us all to venture our frustrations and ask questions.
At times we even give each other advice and recommendations depending on the situation. It is a great forum to use for things you wouldn’t want to ask a stranger, or to see what someone who parents like you would do in a situation.
So there it is, the 10 ways I’m totally rocking motherhood!
What are the ways you’re rocking motherhood?
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