After pondering what my goals for motherhood might be, I realized I have implemented a lot of what I envisioned this role might hold for me. I also see areas that I need a reboot in...
Three years ago I became a momma to a sweet little angel baby boy. At that time the only resounding goal was to be a stay-at-home momma. I know it is not for everyone, but I just felt that I needed to be present in my son's life as much as possible. To be the constant for him in a world that is so unpredictable. When he was 18 months old that became a reality. A true gift and sacrifice (mostly on The Sportsman's part). There are days I forget just how blessed I am to spend so much one on one time with my little guy. So my "reboot goal" number one is to be more thankful for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home momma.
Along those same lines, I try pretty hard to have lots of learning activities and encounters with adventures planned out for us during our days at home. But there are days... when I just don't feel like setting up Thomas train tracks or turning my kitchen into a play-dough factory. So my "reboot goal" number two is to mother with more purpose and take advantage of those moments of learning opportunity, even the spontaneous ones.
The next one is tough... It has to do with discipline and morality. I feel like there is such a fine line when it comes to teaching a little person right from wrong. Our culture has taken what use to be very solid black and white issues and has made them so gray. It is hard knowing what to teach my kid as right and wrong vs letting him grow into his own belief. I only hope that The Sportsman and I can be good role models in this area while still raising our little man with an open mind, leading and guiding him in his learning years. "Reboot goal" number three, not being afraid to talk about tough subjects, being available to talk and following through with discipline when needed.
And finally, I think us moms tend to be pretty hard on ourselves sometimes. I tend to feel pretty guilty when I linger at Starbucks sans kid on the occasional day I have a appointment and sitter. But I know taking time to be my own person helps me be a better mom. "Reboot goal" number four, take time to reboot myself. And instead of letting myself get burnt out... ask for help.
By the way, I rock at building Thomas train configurations and am proud of it.