As Mother’s Day arrives this year, and we gather to celebrate the superwoman in our life, I wanted to share some personal insights into motherhood. I’m hoping that you can share your story with others and connect with greater purpose and intention in the meaning of motherhood.
Being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Sure, I’ve had my painful moments and hardship, but as many of us do, there is no off switch to mothering. While I’m grateful to be surrounded by a positive group of friends and family who share in this journey of parenthood, I catch myself sometimes sugar coating the tougher moments. Most days I’m tired and covered in dirt or poop.
A conversation with my toddler can go like this, “Please don’t dip your broccoli in your paint,” followed by “No, you can’t climb in the oven.” Young children, mine being 2 years and 3 months old, test your patience and push your limits, yet can easily turn around and melt your heart with endearing reflections like, “I’m just hanging out with mommy,” and “Be careful mommy, I love you,” and that’s when you know that all the hard work is worth it.
My baby girl is waking me every 2 to 3 hours and while sleep-deprived, during her waking moments, her smiles and beautiful big brown eyes light up my life, keeping me eager for the next day.
Mamas I see you and you are doing an amazing job. Sometimes all our children need is for us to sit alongside them and provide encouragement in whatever they are doing. Always remember that you are the best and work so hard.
You don’t need to be more, do more, or become more than what you already offer to your children. You are exactly who they need you to be. It’s ok to take a step back, take breaks, be selfish, and say no. Children respond well to rules and structure. Without it, they tend to struggle because there is too much for their little minds to process.
Mom, you set the tone and your family responds as a result. Model healthy connections, nutrition, and movement, and your children will do the same. If you are in survival mode because of the age of your children, go easy on yourself, lower your expectations, and respond always with love. You are loved, Happy Mother’s Day, Mamas!
Here are 5 tips for greater intentional motherhood:
- Take breaks and model this for your kids
- Be gentle and kind to yourself
- Exercise, even if its a walk with the kids
- Have healthy foods on hand that are easy to eat
- Find your group of Mamas who understand and support you
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Angie Rosenberg is a proud mama to Wynter and wife to Marc Rosenberg, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Music Therapist (MT-BC), and Health Mentor located in Encinitas, California. She empowers moms after having a baby to reconnect with themselves. She works with moms to rediscover their identity by focusing on personal goals, maintaining a healthy mindset, setting boundaries, listening and responding to the body’s signals, and balancing their newfound sense of purpose.