Listable Life is a weekly meme shared by myself and Sharon over at Mom of 6 . Each week we all write to one of two prompts that are “list” in nature and then link up. We then hop around, read and comment on one another’s blogs in an effort to find new faces and places to read in the blogosphere. Head HERE to find our upcoming topics! Make sure to add the button below to your post so it’s easy to see which post belongs to the linkup and in an effort to encourage others join in!
This week’s topics included writing 5 Things You Like About Yourself, but since I wrote a post a while back titled In Lieu of Self Deprecation on the same topic – I figured I would tweak it a bit to focus on…
5 Things I Like About Myself as a Mother
Being a mother isn’t easy…and there are days where we all make mistakes but there are so many things we do right and every once in a while, you should take stock in those things.
I Love Big
I live and breathe loving on my girls – the kisses and cuddles flow freely in our home and while there are days where I know I should do it more because at the end of the day I, myself feel like I haven’t had enough of their sweet faces, I can tell in how they are with one another and with me that they feel loved regularly.
When I make a mistake, I apologize. This usually comes in when I snap at my girls or if I forget to follow through with something important for my oldest daughter – I swear that twin birth killed some of those memory boosting brain cells!
It’s important to me that my children know I’m human and that I make mistakes. If I set the example, they will follow that example by being reflective and introspective when they make a mistake and that to me is more important than being right all of the time.
Good Communication is a Priority
When I was a kid, I got the “because I said so” and “Listen little girl, I’m your father” speech and while there are times that I just want my kids to do something because I said so, I don’t think it’s a blanket way to communicate. My husband and I often talk to my oldest daughter openly about many things and it has served us well. It’s my hope that by making communication a priority that when she’s a disgruntled teen, we’ll still get a few things out of her from time to time.
Wish us luck?
I Constantly Reevaluate
I know I don’t have it all figured out. I know that I will make mistakes and each time that I do, I try to learn from them and I think by living that way I’m a better parent. I’m always looking to others for ideas for how to be a better parent and each night I go to sleep and vow to do something better the next day because I often feel like I’ve failed them in some way. Not enough quality time, forgot to get their bath done, or I was impatient most of the day…whatever the case may be, I am constantly looking inward to try and become better for them and for myself.
I Make Tough Decisions
I say no to my children even when they want me to say yes when it’s with their best interest in mind – even though that is difficult at times. I keep certain people out of their lives that are toxic because it’s the right thing, even though it’s been a painful decision, I know in the long run, it’s for the best. It’s not easy to make tough decisions like these but I do it because I have the bigger picture in mind and I know that ultimately it will serve them well as they grow up.
It’s kind of sad how long this post took me to write. Why is it so hard to give ourselves compliments?
What do you like about yourself as a mother? Have a list? Write up your own post and link up below! Don’t forget to stop by and see my partner Sharon from Mom of 6!! She’s helping keep me on the straight and narrow with Listable Life and I couldn’t be happier!