When I was pregnant with my first child, my coworkers who are also mothers said, “Being a mom is the hardest job you’ll love the most.” I think that has been one of the most true statements I’ve ever experienced. Being a mom is tough, but I love it more than anything else I’ve ever done. All of the planning, nurturing, entertaining, cleaning, organizing, playing, loving, feeding, thinking, and feeling that goes into parenthood is amazing, but it can also be challenging because let’s face it, you’re doing the most important job there is: raising kids. Whether you work in an office or not, this is a big job for all parents, alike.
And in the end, as long as you’re doing YOUR best for YOUR kids, that is enough.
However, it’s nice to have help sometimes too. Often, I turn to other moms to see what they’re doing for fresh ideas on activities, games, meals, snacks or even just parenting tips. Having mom friends you can meet for play dates and to discuss all the things your family is going through is a huge asset, but sometimes when it’s 5:30 p.m. and I’m trying to Google “toddler activities” while nursing my infant, and making dinner — texting a friend for some help isn’t really an option. That’s when I turn to other helpful mamas (and daddies!) online.
And it’s not just fun activities I’m seeking, sometimes I want to know how other parents have handled the big stuff like potty training, screen time, or even teaching your child how to take turns. I enjoy finding new ideas from others — from friends to other mom bloggers. I say this because, that’s why I’ve decided to start sharing my experience as a mommy. We are all unique with our own way of doing things and the more information we share with each other, the more tools we have in our parenting tool kits.
There’s nothing more satisfying than learning of a new way of doing something and seeing that it works! I often turn to Janet Lansbury for parenting tips. You’ll see me quoting her a lot on this blog. Some nights when I’m tired and feeling like I need some help being a better mom, I’ll check in with her blog, Elevating Child Care, or Facebook page to see what she’s writing about that day. Honestly, every time, I find a useful parenting tidbit I can put to use the next day. It’s really helpful.
My daughters are two and half and eight months, so there’s a variety of activities and experiences going on at our house these days! My goal is to enrich our lives every day with colorful games, art projects, crafts, science and respectful parenting techniques. My husband and I want them to shine as bright as they can, because the more we teach them, the more the world will open to them — and in turn, the better the world will become with them in it.
With that said, I’d also like to be helpful to you. Maybe you’ll need an activity for your toddler to do at dinner time, or you’re looking for a good game to bond with your baby, I want to be that resource for you. And, if you have a fun idea to share with me, I’d be happy to feature your bright ideas too! Just let me know. I’m always looking for new mommy friends.
Mark Twain once said, “Write what you know.” So, here it goes, my friends, this is what I know (and what I’m learning) about being a mommy raising two bright, beautiful kids.