My friend Elaine started this wonderful idea of sharing why we are good moms. It’s so easy to get on the “mom fail” kick or to talk of all the ways we’ve messed up, lost our temper or weren’t the best mom ever.
Sometimes it’s hard to say “I’m a good mom”. Sometimes it feels like bragging to say, “I’m a good mom”. Sometimes I feel like saying, “I’m a good mom” implies that I make no mistakes, that I have all the answers, that I’m the perfect mother. And that’s not true. Good does not equal perfect.
Yes, I am a good mom.
I let my son play with glitter…outside of the house.
I let him paint.
I let him play with play doh but not near the carpet.
I make him healthy meals, even though he doesn’t always eat them.
I play games with him.
I make him do things on his own, even when he doesn’t want to cause fostering independence is important people!
I talk to him like he’s my equal.
I explain things to him.
I make up fun stories for him.
We read every night before bedtime, even when he goes to bed extra-super late.
I occasionally let him stay up extra super late.
I keep him on a good bedtime routine and a regular bedtime.
I join Moms Club and playgroups and mommy and me classes for both of us.
I step outside my comfort zone.
I make him step outside his comfort zone.
I let him help me, even when it doesn’t feel like help.
I give hugs, kisses, snuggles, extra high-fives. I bring milk and cookies and kiss boo-boo’s. I answer shouts of “MOMMY” in the middle of the night and when he wants another snack or when Jessie accidentally comes on the Disney channel and when he can’t find Mickey and when my patience is low.
I am a good mom.
We are all good moms even if we don’t do it exactly the same way, in fact we are even better moms when we do it our own way. When we know what’s best for our kid, when we understand them and their needs. When we love them unconditionally. I am a good mom, and so are you.
What makes you a good mom?