The brilliant Donna of Bobsy’s Mum has tagged me in the #RockingMotherhood tag. Thank you!
The #RockingMotherhood tag was started when Patricia from White Camellias wrote a post about the ways she rocks motherhood. Soon afterwards, she turned the idea into a tag as a way for all the beautiful mamas out there to highlight the 10 ways they rock motherhood.
The rules of the #RockingMotherhood tag are:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you
- List the 10 things you believe make you a good mother
- Tag 3-5 other bloggers to join in with the #RockingMotherhood tag
At the time Donna nominated me to take part in the #RockingMotherhood tag; I really didn’t feel like I was rocking motherhood. Molly had been in a really bad mood all day and having tantrum after tantrum – for a few days actually. She was purposely misbehaving, and basically just being a little brat. The terrible twos were definitely at their finest. I ended up shouting at her a couple of times and put her in a time out. I felt really bad for shouting at her. She was upset about being put in a time out, and that made me feel terrible. Basically, I felt like the worlds worst mother. Ever! Not only the worst mother in the world, but the worst mother in the entire universe!
A few days passed and I had stopped being all melodramatic so I sat down to try and come up with the 10 ways I rock motherhood. Harder than it sounds this one.. unless I just don’t rock.. haha
So how am I rocking this motherhood business?
- I have the patience of a saint. Okay, so my family would say that’s a pile of codswallop. I agree with them to a certain extent as I don’t feel very patient at times (hence Stressy Mama…) BUT… Molly has quite a bad temper on her and can be difficult at times so I quite often feel like getting my Homer Simpson on and wringing her neck. I’m joking obviously! When Molly is having a tantrum I usually manage to diffuse the situation and divert her attention on to something else. Meltdown avoided! Patience must come into that… surely? I think so anyway!
- Messy Play. I love crafting and messy play as much as the kids. The more mess the better I think because that means the kids have had fun. Yes it’s a bit of a nightmare trying to clean all that mess up but it is only mess. Memories and happy, contented kids are way more important to me than whether or not I have a sparkling kitchen floor. Just don’t eat anything off of it whatever you do…
- I have a massive imagination and even though she is only two, Molly does too. I love seeing her create little stories and scenarios and I am more than happy to play along with them. Even if we are out in public! I am an avid encourager of dreaming and imagination and I will always encourage Molly to follow her heart and dreams.
- I am the music man! Or should that be music mama? I actually love singing and dancing around to any music, even nursery rhymes, with Molly and my niece Jessica. One of the kid’s favourite things to do is to dance around while we sing songs and play musical instruments as loudly as possible. The neighbours probably hate us but the noise doesn’t bother me in the slightest. The noisier the better!
- Chris and I have been talking Molly on long walks since she could walk. She loves walking and refuses to get in her pram most of the time. She walks so far now without tiring! Not only does walking get us out in the fresh air but we can spend quality time together as a family and get some gentle exercise too.
- I survived on virtually no sleep for two and a half years and still managed to function… just about…
- I sent Molly to nursery when I really didn’t want to. She will be three in July and is still very baby-ish in a lot of ways. I tell myself it is because she is a summer baby and all that, but in reality, it is probably because I have babied her. I won’t apologies for that; she will always be my baby. Molly had some separation issues and problems mixing with other children so sending her to nursery seemed like the best way to overcome these issues. She screamed when I dropped her off for the first few weeks, and I sobbed my heart out just as much. I hated it, but I knew it was for the best so we persisted. I am glad we did because it has done wonders for her development and confidence. She barely looks back when I drop her off now. Sob sob…
- No matter how tired I am, or how stressful a day it has been, I always make Chris a big cup of coffee as soon as he gets in from work. I also make his lunch for work for the next day, and make his tea for him every night (most nights..). I hate doing these things, and it might sound old fashioned but he works hard for us so it’s the least I can do.
- Being appreciative of the small things in life is very important to me. Though she is only two, Molly also appears to appreciate the small things which makes me feel proud and warms my heart. We have spent a small fortune on toys for her but she doesn’t need big expensive toys to have fun and entertain herself. A packet of multi-coloured crafting sticks and a tin can snowman I made at Christmas are her favourite toys! She could play with them two things for hours.. Hopefully there are cheap Christmas’ in my future… I won’t hold my breathe though haha.
- The final thing on the list and by far the most important… Molly is happy and healthy. That is all that matters to me at the end of the day!
So that’s how I believe I am rocking Motherhood. How do you rock motherhood? I’d love to hear your answers.
So who will I nominate to take part in the #RockingMotherhood challenge…
I am going to tag all the rocking mamas out there who want to complete the tag, but have yet to do so…
If anyone chooses to complete the tag please let me know, I’d love to see your answers.
You can also find me blogging at Serenely Sam