All females have the capability to mother whether they have given birth or not. Caring, giving and nurturing are the top three words that come to my mind when thinking of mothering . You can do this not only for your biological, foster or adopted child(ren), but other children (related or not) and even adults (usually younger than you). Mothers help to shape people. Again, not just physical moms are shaping their kids. My son goes to a babysitter a couple times a week while I go to work. The sitter is also helping to shape my child. I’m so thankful that she gets to speak into my child’s life as well.
(Side Note: In the Bible, Eve was called the “Mother of All the Living” before she ever became pregnant. Genseis 3:20 ESV)
Motherhood is a blessing and a gift. It teaches you a lot about yourself and the world around you. Below are just a few things motherhood has taught me thus far. This is by no means a comprehensive list!
What Being a Mother Has Taught Me (Or Still Is Teaching Me):
- Putting other’s needs before your own is hard, but rewarding. (I do believe you need to take time to take care of yourself so you can serve your family , friends, etc. better too.)
- It’s a huge responsibility and no one is perfect at it. I’m thankful that there’s grace in the process.
- Being a mom isn’t easy. I’m learning the balance of letting go and yet holding on, protecting and yet letting them fall occasionally for learning’s sake, when to talk and when to listen, etc.
- In the day to day it’s easy to grumble and lose sight of the point, wonder why we thought it was a good idea to be a mom, but then in a moment, an unexpected “I love you.”, a sloppy unsolicited kiss, a choosing to do the right thing without being prompted …reminds you that it’s all worth it.
- It’s dying to self and not expecting anything in return.
- Mothers wear many hats : Protector, Teacher, Disciplinarian, Monster-Chaser, Comforter, Advocator. This is not a comprehensive list by any means!
- Children share their worldview with you. It’s not tainted by politics, media or all the worries of this world. It’s one that’s full of adventure and one that reminds us to look for joy in the little things, to stop, breathe, smell the roses, RELAX and enjoy life.
- Motherhood inspires you to be the best version of yourself for their sakes.
This post was written by Tonya. Photo credit goes to Sheila Marie Photography.