OA few weeks ago my friend Zara tagged me in the #RockingMotherhood tag. If you’ve not heard of it before the #RockingMotherhood tag idea came from another fellow blogger, Patricia from White Camelias and it is where we note down 10 things that we do as mothers that totally rock (of course!)
We spend so much time feeling guilty about the things we do too little or too much of. That we don’t spend enough time with our children, or that we raise our voices too much or don’t have enough patience for them.
I won’t lie, it’s taken me a while to write this post simply because I didn’t think I could come up with 10 things that could even be justified as #RockingMotherhood. But what I’ve come to realise is this. I may not be the best designer (my day job), writer, blogger or photographer but to my boys, I am their number one (if you discount daddy that is) and THAT is what counts. So I may worry about them far too much and spend my life making sure that they are clothed, fed and on time for school, appointments and more. I may shout and nag about tidying up their toys and doing their homework but it is all done through love. A love I never knew existed until I became a mother.
So here are 10 reasons why I’m #RockingMotherhood
1. They know that anything boys can do – girls can do too. This is a real topic of conversation for us at the moment. Living in a house full of boys it’s so important for them to be aware and know from an early age that boys and girls can do the same things. We don’t like to gender stereotype.
2. When we are running late. I am able to get them washed, dressed and out of the house within 10 minutes! They may have never seen me move quicker, but when they do, they know I mean business.
3. My boys are generally well-behaved. I’ve taught them to know what type of behaviour is acceptable and where. Of course, they have their moments and they also have their fair share of meltdowns too.
4. I have a knack to know, at a moment’s notice where that beloved toy that they have misplaced is. (usually under sofa)
5. They are open to trying new foods. Mr H and I LOVE food and it’s transferred over to the boys. They are generally good eaters but I always say that they should try something at least once before they decide they don’t like it. If they try and they don’t like it’s ok and I don’t make a big deal of it. Everyone’s taste buds change as they grow up, I know mine did.
7. Being able to say sorry. I include me and Mr H in that too. I think it’s so important for us to say sorry and apologise when we’ve done something wrong and for the boys to see this. It shows we are all human after all.
7. We all chip in and do our share. I rarely have to tidy after the boys because they know any toys they have gotten out, they need to tidy away and not leave lying around. They also help with setting the table for dinner whilst I am cooking/cleaning and more recently M has started to help hoover whilst I am doing other household chores.
8. Being honest. I want them to know that generally in life, being honest is the way forward – even when they have done something wrong. E is learning that by doing this, he gets in a lot less trouble because he told the truth.
9. They don’t need me all the time. They are confident enough to do things by themselves or with each other, without the need for me to be there. (although I am usually lurking in the background making sure they are ok) I want to raise them to be confident in their skin and in themselves so I try to encourage them and give them a little nudge where possible, whilst also letting them know that it’s ok to be a little scared or worried and that I will always be here for them no matter what.
10. I do my very best at raising these small humans. They are happy and healthy and so I need to tell myself more often, that my best is good enough. They are my world and my everything.
I’m tagging the following amazing mothers below to join in: