Celebrating the wonderful ups and challenging downs of this journey called motherhood...
This post caught my attention on Mother's Day (I don't know who wrote it), and it just touched my heart. Ever since I became a mom, I know it's my responsibility to raise a human being and to be honest, the mere thought of that SCARES ME. Don't get me wrong, it is a very fulfilling job and a job that I welcome and embrace wholeheartedly, but sometimes I question myself whether I'm doing a good job or not, whether I am doing what's right for my son or not. We all have self-doubts, and I'm sure every momma out there can relate.
Sometimes I forget, but when I come across quotes like this, it serves as a reminder that I have to watch what I teach my son, watch how I act around him, and give a conscious effort to be a good role model to him. They say 0-6 years is the "formative years" and kids in this age range learn everything they can and absorb them like sponge and it's what makes them the person that they will eventually become. It is my job as a parent to filter out the negative stuff, teach him the good stuff and encourage him to always strive to become a decent human being.
This world is such a complicated, messy place. But it's also a beautiful, awesome place and there is so much to see and learn. Even as adults, we are struggling to see the good and positive in our every day lives, how can we teach our kids to do the same, right? It is a very real responsibility that we as parents need to take on because our children are counting on us. We can't leave them at the mercy of peers and society and the world, we gotta start in the HOME.
I want to offer my son a safe, comfortable, loving, and caring home where he knows that he is LOVED, APPRECIATED, CARED FOR, and TREASURED beyond belief. I want him to feel that he can be himself around his family, be allowed to pursue his own dreams, and be taught the virtues like LOVE, PATIENCE, COMPASSION, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY, and TOLERANCE.
If I could at least raise my son to have these virtues, then I can say I would've done a good job. And that's when I know I've successfully fulfilled the role of being his MOTHER.