I had a very eye opening experience with my almost-five-year old son this week that really made me think about my role as a mother.
My son and I were having a conversation about how he wants to be a fighter pilot when he grows up. I typically use these little moments to stress the importance of learning and education. Then he looked at me and said, “But mommy, you just grew up to be NOTHING!”
Upon hearing these words I had such a surge of emotion. I immediately got defensive as I told him his mommy was an engineer just like daddy and that I had worked and made money for many years just like daddy. As I looked at my little boy, my heart softened. I gave him a hug, told him I loved him and explained that I made the choice to stay at home and take care of him. A sweet exchange took place as he told me he loved me and that he was glad I took care of him.
Later that day I pondered on why I had been so defensive with my first response. I worked hard for many years while I was going to college and afterward in the workforce so I could “be something”. I did not always value motherhood and at times during my life had very similar views to that expressed by my son. Little did I know during those years that one day my greatest source of joy would be mothering my 4 children. I truly love being a mother and now I know even if they see me as only their mommy that is enough.
QUESTION: Do you value your motherhood?
CHALLENGE: Look at your children and remember why…
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