As I prepare to join your noble ranks in just a few short weeks as a new mom, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to become a mother – to fully care for and love another person that you had the ability to create and birth. I am often overwhelmed by so many thoughts and emotions as I try to grasp the deep and awesome capacity I have to love someone who I haven’t even met yet.
While I know motherhood is far more complex than I can ever imagine, I wanted to share some of my best intentions for the mom I want to be. I’ve largely learned these principles from the example the courageous women who I’ve been blessed to know and what they have so graciously modeled for me.
My Motherhood Intentions
Be Available. The best moms – and people – are the ones you can connect with and who make time for you. Even when life feels “too busy,” be available for your children and husband. Remember, relationships are more important than tasks.
Teach Honesty. Children learn through observation, so model honesty in your speech, emotions, actions, and interactions. They are absorbing more than you know!
Play Often. Allow raising children to let you connect with how to play and be silly. There is a time to be serious, too, but don’t forget to play!
Release Expectations. Realize that motherhood is new terrain and that you are always learning. Don’t judge yourself or compare yourself to others who may seem to “have it all together.” Be real and let that be enough.
Choose Positively. When life is hard and things seem to be stuck or just plain frustrating, find the silver lining and focus on the hope, love, and purpose behind it all. You can always choose your perspective, so choose positively.
While these are just five simple intentions, I wanted to share these as we approach Mother’s Day this weekend and let you know how humbled and excited I am to be at this stage of my life!
I also would love to know your most important intention, reminder, or piece of advice as a mom if you’d like to share or comment below.
Thank you for being perfectly (and imperfectly) YOU, and enjoy a very special Mother’s Day this Sunday!