In the mommy blogger world we’ve been having a bit of fun. We’re sending around a tag called #RockingMotherhood. How it works is that if you’re tagged, you’re it. You will then need to tell us how you are rocking motherhood!

Fun? Yes! Awkward? Absolutely! But it’s my turn so here goes…

I was tagged by Cindy Alfino, the crazy-haired mamma with the gorgeous kids who blogs at 3 Kids, 2 Dogs and 1 Old House. This in itself was scary. Cindy makes motherhood look easy and she is a hard act to follow.

I’ve had to do quite a bit of introspection. I know so many mothers who are absolutely rocking motherhood. I know I can’t compete with their cleaning, baking skills, etc. Instead I thought about what rocking motherhood means to me.

It made me think of the stuff that nobody really sees. The behind-the-scenes stuff that matters to my kids. I’ve come up with a few and there is one from Alex and Josh each also.

How I am Rocking the socks off Motherhood

  1. My kids come first. When I got my first positive pregnancy result I was a social smoker. I went back to the office and chucked it all away without a single thought. That’s pretty much how it’s been ever since! I’ve changed myself, my habits, my home all around the kids. When they were little I freelanced in order to be at home. Even though I worked 24/7 it was worth it. Eight years later they are now both at school and I’m working full-time. Every decision is made with their best interest at heart.
  2. { From Alex } They feel loved. Goodbye and goodnight kisses and cuddles are the norm. I’m always saying to them how amazing it is to be their mom.
  3. I am the worrier. I worry constantly about whether they’ve had enough water to drink. Too little and they get constipated so I’m always checking up. I take note of Josh’s breathing habits because sometimes he battles with allergies and asthma. He also talks too fast and then has to gulp air and need his nasal spray or pump. Too much screen time and their eyes strain. Dark shadows under their eyes and I subtly move up their bedtime. It never ends and it’s instinctual.
  4. I read with them. Have you ever helped a Grade 1 learner with a vocabulary of 30 words to read? It takes freakin’ forever to finish a book! But that moment when she says a big (to her) word before you can help her and because she learnt it in her previous book… that’s gold! From a young age books were my escape and I really want to get them hooked on reading too! I got them each a library card and encourage their reading!
  5. I learn from my mistakes. When Josh started eating solids I made him lots of gem squash because it’s my favorite veg. I didn’t know back then it has no nutritional value! I also fed him lots of vegetable soup until all the barley made him constipated. When I had Alex I knew a bit more about baby nutrition. After these two trial and error kids I know I’ll be perfect by the third one! It’s my mistakes that are improving my mothering.
  6. I respect their dad and grandparents. Kids observe and hear everything even when it looks like they’re not. I speak to and about their grandparents respectfully because I want them to be respectful to us. One day they will have their own partners and I hope they have a good reference with how I treat their dad.
  7. { From Joshua } I show them I’m not perfect. Pretending I’m perfect creates a false expectation of me and them. Instead I show them how we all make mistakes. Then I let them see how my mistakes teach me to make better choices.
  8. I give them my full attention. As a working mom I can’t be there for them all the time. When we are together I make sure they get my attention. I put the phone down and make eye contact when we are having a conversation.
  9. I tell them about God. I can’t tell my kids what to believe so instead I share about my relationship with God. I wasn’t always a believer but now I bask in His love daily and I tell them about Him! I read them those same bible stories I heard as a child and hope it’s planting seeds.
  10. I am their warrior. I pray so much for my kids. I ask God to cover them with His grace and protection daily. When I’m not with them I ask God to surround them with people who are kind to them. I don’t control everything that happens in their lives but I have the ear of the One who does!

I’d like to tag the following moms.  I’m inspired by them and can’t wait to hear how they are rocking motherhood:

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10.)
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.