Mothers day from the eyes of a mom
I'm sure you've heard the saying: "Mother's Day is just another Sunday on my calendar." If that sounds like your experience, I get it. A lot of days as a mom can feel like one long cleaning session, and the last thing you want to do on Mother's Day is clean up after someone else again! But if it's any consolation, there are actually some amazing things about being a mom—and this Mother's Day is no exception. The best part about taking care of your kids all year round? You get to take advantage of some much-needed rest and relaxation when everyone else does too! So whether you have plans for Mother's Day or not, here are just a few reasons why this year should be all about YOU:
Celebrate YOU mama.
It's ok to celebrate yourself. You deserve it. You are a mom, not a maid. You are a human being and not a robot (I'm sure you know this already). If you don't celebrate yourself, who will?
It doesn't have to be huge or expensive--just something that makes YOU feel good! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Sometimes this can be a breakfast in bed, hand drawn picture or leaving the dishes in the sink until tomorrow.
Let your family know how much you love them
Gratitude is a great place to fill your cup when things are seeming to be very bleak and meh in motherhood. Tell your kids you love them. Tell your spouse, partner, or significant other that you love them. Not just a simple I LOVE YOU, but go into depth on why, what makes you grateful for the life that is in front of you. Let gratitude fill your cup. Tell your family you love them and thank them for being in your life. Life is a beautiful thing, it is short and fleeting so make sure to take the time to enjoy each moment as they come.
When gratitude if hard to find on the stormy of days, start with something small. I love my child(ren) because they acknowledged Mothers Day with a craft from school. I love my husband because he helps with the dishes. I love my wife because she cooks dinner at night. I love myself because I am a good person and deserve to be loved just as much as everyone else does.
Take a moment to reflect on how far you have come as a mom in the last year.
As you reflect on the past year, take a moment to consider how far you have come as a mom.
What are some of the things that make you most proud? What about yourself did you learn? What have been some of the best moments with your children and how did they help shape your relationship with them? What have been some of your biggest challenges as a mom? How did you overcome them? What are some things you would like to improve upon in the next year? How can you do that?
Appreciate being able to clean up later.
It's a beautiful thing, being able to clean up later. You can do it. You are a good mom and you're doing a good job! You are not alone in this endeavor; every mother has felt like she's drowning in her own filth at some point or another (or all the time). That's why we love Mothers Day: it reminds us that our children need us and that we have been there for them when they needed us most--and will continue to be there as long as they want us around!
Remember to take care of yourself.
You're not just a mom, you're a person with needs and wants and desires. You deserve to be happy just as much as anyone else does! Don't forget that your family will benefit from having an energized, healthy mom in their lives.
Some days it seems like all moms do is clean up after their kids; other days it seems like all they do is yell at them for making a mess! But no matter how much work it takes to keep up with your family, you're doing it because you love them. No one knows this more than you do.
The first thing to do is to take a moment and celebrate yourself. You are a mom! That's amazing! With that comes great responsibility (and lots of laundry).
The second thing? Let your family know how much they mean to you by making sure they know how much work it takes to keep up with their own lives but also to make sure yours runs smoothly too! If everyone lends a hand in the house it makes things less of a load on your shoulders.
Finally, spend some time reflecting on how far along as a mother in this past year has gotten you: whether it was learning new skills like cooking dinner or managing homework schedules; working through conflict between siblings or making peace at bedtime; helping build self-confidence through encouragement rather than criticism... Whatever change occurred within those 365 days should be celebrated because it means that YOU have grown too!
There are so many things to be grateful for as a mom. You have the chance every day to make your family happy, and that's something worth celebrating! Take some time today to reflect on all of the amazing things you have done over the last year--and don't forget about yourself too!