Last week I was nominated by Peterberries to take part in the Rocking Motherhood challenge. Each rocking mom is asked to list 10 ways that they are rocking motherhood. The challenge was started about a year ago by White Camellias. To pay it forward, I have nominated these lovely mothers:
~Chelle @ CoffeeHeartMind
And here are the 10 ways that I am ROCKING MOTHERHOOD:
1. I take my kids to the doctor.
Working in a rural school district in Missouri, I meet so many loving parents that go above and beyond to care for their children and, especially if it is recommended by their residing school district, take their wee ones to the doctor. However, I also meet so many parents that, for whatever reason, refuse to take their children to the doctor and/or follow through with specialists that can provide, not just the school, but THEM with helpful information about how to best care and teach their child(ren). I won't go in to details but I frequently wish that I could load up some of my students and make them get the care/ treatment that they need, but all I can do is make sure that my own children go to the doctor when they need it and that is exactly what I do and I won't even lie and say that everyone there does NOT know the names of my children and what we did last weekend because they absolutely do... needless to say we frequent the place!
2. I NEVER put money first.
Speaking of going to the doctor, I was home recently with our newest family member who had the dreaded...wait for it... PINK EYE (ew). I would have loved for her to be well enough to send to daycare, as I get completely docked in pay for the entire day missed because I am a newer employee and have burned through all of my sick leave to have babies (yay maternity leave). However, as much as it sucks and as much as we need the money, if one of my little ladies needs to be home I will take the day with minimal complaint, of course. (I also didn't want to spread the eye goop to all of her little friends... yuck!)
3. My kids are always clean (ish).
Are toddlers ever TRULY clean? Haha! This one had to be noted because, lately, our toddler has decided that baths are the DEVIL and if she gets a single droplet of a drop of water in her eye the world will come to an end and she needs out of the bathtub immediately. Be that as is may, "bath night" is "bath night" and we always power through the screaming and bathe the children. Thank GOD it's not "bath night" tonight though...
4. The children's laundry gets done.
Notice I did NOT mention that the laundry gets folded... and I did not mention that the adult's laundry gets done; but the children's laundry does go through the washer AND the dryer and the clean laundry is conveniently located...on the floor...where things can be found (until folding can commence). Honestly, the fact that ANYTHING gets done at our house deserves praise as it truly IS a miracle. (And if the adult's laundry gets done, well, that must mean everything went according to plan that day!)
5. The baby is fed...something.
FED IS BEST people! I am so over the breastfeeding nazis (if you are one, chill out), breast is NOT always best and we need to support one another. Yes, baby 2 is currently breastfed (mini celebration) but baby 1 was formula fed and everyone is/ was happy eating what was best for them. Whatever it is that I choose to give her, the baby is fed every 3ish hours/ on-demand and is never for more than 5 minutes. I feed her and she is happy, GO ME!
6. I make my family have family dinners.
I am not saying that every single night I whip up something from scratch and, while wearing a floral apron and high-heels, serve it to my smiling family at the dinner table. What I am saying is that I make sure that our family eats, whatever it is, and sometimes it's a flippin' frozen pizza, at the same time every night. We are unplugged this entire time (there no cell phones at my dinner table) and we discuss our day and/or get excited about whatever we have going on the upcoming weekend (current reason for excitement: DISNEY ON ICE!).
7. I care about my children's education.
Parent-teacher conferences at a public school can be a little disheartening. SO many awesome parents attend and listen to the recommendations that are made and even follow through with those recommendations. However, as you can imagine, some parents do not attend these conferences nor do they attempt to attend. I absolutely love having any excuse to talk about my kids and, if you know me at all, you know that I can insert my kiddos in to almost any conversation (oops, sorry friends). My babes are too young for school but they do attend a daycare where parent-teacher conferences are held quarterly and I pride myself on being one of the first parents to sign-up to attend them. The conferences only last about 5 minutes they allow the teachers to touch-base with me and let me know what they are seeing from my children and where they are in terms of meet their developmental milestones. These people are EDUCATED in the teaching of children and in child development, their opinions matter to me and they should matter to others.
8. I ALWAYS stop, drop and read.
I am proud to say that I have instilled a love of books in both of my girls (yes, even the 6-month old). There are many causes for this but the main one might be that if a book is brought to me, my toddler knows that I will stop whatever I am doing and read it to them. Reading to children is EXTREMELY important as it instills so many beneficial skills in them including language development (did I mention that I am a Speech Pathologist by day?). I won't lie and say that I don't ever ask my toddler to give me a minute to wrap up what I am doing but I do make it a point to always find a stopping point in a timely manner so that I can read a book to my ladies.
9. I tell my girls I love them and am proud of them at LEAST once a day.
There are zero good reasons to not tell your kids you love them and even less reasons to never tell your kids that you are proud of them. I believe that any accomplishment is an accomplishment and worth mentioning. Recently our toddler started taking a toddler gymnastics class (cute, right?). The first few classes were a little on the rough side as she would run off, or would cry when asked to try something new, etc. However, I always make it a point to always praise her when she's done with class for the times that she DID stay in her area or simply for participating that day. And I am not even lying as I truly AM proud of her for hanging in there and trying new things. I must be doing something right for her to want to step outside of her comfort zone and, I will say, she is starting to fully engage in her classes and I am throughly enjoying watching her learn and even excel in these new gross motor activities.
10. Last, but certainly not least, I'm here and I'm doing it!
There are many, many times I think to myself "AHHHH! This sucks!" In reality, this parenting gig is probably the toughest job I have ever had, but hey, I am here and I am doing it and I have no plans to leave. My babies need me and they need you too! You're doing a great job mommas, aunts, uncles, dads, grandmas, grandpas, etc...thanks for reading!
How are you rocking motherhood today?