So many thoughts flood my mind as I think of motherhood. I suppose having children ranging from age 23 down to age 4 gives me an interesting outlook. I remember holding my firstborn in my arms and wishing I never had to work again. Then there’s chasing my second child through a parking lot after he escaped my grasp, scared to death I would not catch him in time. With my third, I learned that cheese must be folded a certain way before it could be eaten, and that socks must not feel funny to the toes or they simply could not be worn, regardless of how far behind schedule we were running that day. Child number four helped train me in dealing with a will stronger than my own, requiring dad to come home from work a time or two to enlighten said child with a new perspective. And, of course, the baby of the family who continues to be our own special entertainment, keeping me young and teaching his older siblings that little ones really can be pretty cool.
Please allow me to share with you some things I’ve learned on this journey called Motherhood:
- Toads don’t survive well in the washing machine, nor do bullfrogs in a bathtub filled with hot water.
- Manners are great, but a kind and compassionate heart is even better.
- There is no substitute for being involved … know your kids, know their friends.
- A piece of thread attached to a stuffed animal is great at pulling out teeth, even teeth that are not at all loose.
- Pray, pray, pray for your children. There is nothing better you can give them than a life that’s been prayed over.
- Leap Pads, Magna-doodles, and I-pods are sometimes life savers.
- Consistent discipline in the younger years makes the teenage years much better.
- Newborns become high school graduates in a very short period of time.
- At some point, the children will all be doing their own thing, so don’t neglect your husband. One day it may be just the two of you.
- Small green lizards can be tamed and occasionally, a frog can be resuscitated.
- Children are extremely delighted over the discovery of baby hamsters (Tip: Never believe the pet store concerning the gender of your hamsters!)
- Trust your momma intuition. If you’re not at peace with it, don’t let your children do it.
- Weeds and small rocks are beautiful treasures when they are given from the sweetness of your child’s heart.
- How you live in front of your children matters more than what you preach to them.
- Hugs and “I love you” matter a lot, regardless of your child’s age or height.
I hope you gathered a little wisdom from these things I’ve learned, as well as a few chuckles. Whether you’re new to motherhood or you’ve been at it for years, please be encouraged in knowing you are not alone. Although the task before you may seem daunting, hang in there! You will no doubt have amazing and entertaining stories to share in the days ahead. In the meantime, enjoy each day. Enjoy your children. Enjoy your motherhood.