Some days, I feel like the day is never going to end. Some days, I am counting down not only until bed time, but also nap time. Some days I feel like I am nothing but a WWE audience member (sometimes in the ring), mediator, and a robot programmed to feed, change, clean up and repeat.
But then there are the days that everything goes right. The days where no one goes to timeout, there are no tantrums, and everyone is happy for the most part. Those days are few and far between, but by the grace of God, they do happen every now and then.
Rocking Motherhood Challenge
On Mother’s Day, I was approached by an amazing mom blogger, Beautifully Imperfect Mama, to be a part of the Rocking Motherhood Challenge. I’m not going to lie, I may have possibly accepted the challenge before I fully knew what it entailed.
You see, the whole basis of my blog is to be real and authentic. I strive to show the reality of parenthood through our everyday life. It’s not pretty. It’s not sunshine and rainbows. We definitely don’t have it all together. We don’t even have half of it together. It’s hard. It’s really, really hard. I yell too much, I lose my patience, I hide in the laundry room (just til I count to about 30 and regain my cool), and I usually have no idea what I am doing.
So when I realized that with this Rocking Motherhood Challenge I would have to write down ways I am in fact rocking motherhood, I panicked a little bit. It was too late to back out, and that meant I would have to brainstorm. I mean reallllly brainstorm. It is far easier to think of ways I am failing motherhood than rocking it. Added note: I hate compliments. I don’t take them well, so to give myself a pat on the back makes this even more challenging.
Reasons I’m Rocking Motherhood
So after my brainstorm session, these are the reasons I came up with as to why I am Rocking Motherhood:
- I am teaching my kids manners, and they are indeed polite. We strive very hard around here to teach and demonstrate how to use our manners. We have taught please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, I’m sorry, it’s ok, and a few more. We are from the Deep South, so we also teach our kids to say ma’am and sir. The reason I know I’m rocking is because one, we were in the grocery store the other day and ran into someone turning the corner. The first thing our two year old said to the person was, “I’m sorry.” It was completely unprompted. Also, we were in Hobby Lobby yesterday, and as we passed each person, he would say, “excuse me.” Mom wins right there y’all.
- I am educating them, and they are learning. When we moved to Houston and decided that I would start staying at home with the boys and no longer teach, I felt like I lost my identity a little bit. It was not an easy choice, as I love to teach, but it was best for our family. Over time, I have realized that I am still teaching, but now, I am teaching my own children. What a special opportunity I have been given. The most rewarding part is when you see what you’re teaching them actually sinks in. When James busted out with “diamond” the other day as we were practicing our shapes, or when Weston all of a sudden makes a new animal sound, I realize I am succeeding.
- They’re loved fiercely, and they know it. Through our good days and our bad days, I try to tell each child multiple times throughout the day that they are loved. I also will ask them, “How much does momma love you,” and they will respond with arms opened wide saying, “thiiiiiissss much!” That turns all bad days around. More importantly, we teach them of God’s love for them and the relationship He desires to have with them.
So even though this was absolutely the true definition of a challenge for me, I am grateful to Beautifully Imperfect Mama for nominating me. It allowed me to think of the ways I am actually Rocking Motherhood, and I know if you sit down and think about it, you are too! Let me know how you are rocking motherhood.
To continue this uplifting challenge, I am nominating some fellow mom bloggers out there to tell us how they are Rocking Motherhood:
Click on their names to visit their awesome blogs and follow their motherhood journeys.
If you want to learn more about the Rocking Motherhood challenge or would like to take it yourself, visit White Camellias for more information.