They say you have not experienced motherhood if you have not felt the guilt attached to it. We Mums are an expert in bashing ourselves down for our perceived shortcomings as a mother. If our child is not eating enough, we doubt our cooking skills. If the child is not sleeping enough, we doubt our comforting skills and if the child gets hurt by any chance, we kick ourselves for being careless.
The Rocking Motherhood Challenge
When I read about the Rocking Motherhood Challenge, I was very pleasantly surprised. The Rocking Motherhood Challenge began as a way to help moms remember all the things that make us great mothers instead of constantly focusing on the areas where we fall short. All the moms I know are totally rocking motherhood, each in their own way. Hence, I showed interest in participating in this fabulous blog-chain.
I was tagged to participate in the Rocking Motherhood Challenge by one of my favorite mom bloggers, Elizabeth Voyles at http://www.worthwritingfor.com/. I encourage you to check out her amazing blog about everything, worth writing for.
And to keep the challenge going, I tag fellow mom bloggers, to post their own 10 ways they are rocking motherhood.
- Betty Boiron: http://www.theterrificfive.com
- Melanie Davis: http://www.afunnythinghappenedtoday.com
- Sirri McNeil: http://www.supersirriousmom.com
- Stephanie Cummings:http://www.missharleyrose.com
- Lychelle Hollback: http://www.momnavywifewoman.wordpress.com
10 ways I am rocking Motherhood
- I love: I have not known this love, what I feel for my child. This love is the closest to divine I have felt. This love is so strong, so unconditional and so all-encompassing that it forms the base of my relationship with my daughter.
- I care: Caring for her has become my second nature. I care for her from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning, till she goes to sleep at night. And, even in between I check on her if she is covered by her comforter, is she hot-cold, or sometimes I even check for her breathing. I know, classic paranoid, isn’t it?
- I adult: Ever since I have become a Mom, I have stepped up on my Adult behavior. No seriously, I started eating nutritious food, because I was breastfeeding her. I sleep on time because I need to be alert. I am a safe driver, a responsible citizen, I follow all rules, I don’t yell when I am angry, I don’t swear and I act responsibly as a walking -talking adult because now I am the role model to my child. She is looking at me for cues, and I must lead by example.
- I learn: I am her mother, and I am supposed to be her first teacher. But guess what, I have learned so much ever since motherhood hit me. I learned cooking, I learned how to change diapers, I learned how to breastfeed, how to put a child to sleep. I have learned so much about myself too. It has been a rewarding journey, inwards. I know no when my patience gives up, I now know what a masterpiece my body is. I know how much I can survive even with lack of sleep and I know how capable I am to love selflessly.
- I thank: Being a mother has made me a very grateful person in general. I am so grateful of my body that allowed me to conceive and deliver a beautiful and healthy child. I am grateful of my parents who guide me from their experience, I thank my husband every single day for being my partner in the true sense and I thank my little one for bringing so much happiness in our life. It truly is a blessed life.
- I praise: I believe in positive re-enforcement. I am a firm believer in compliments and praises. I think if you appreciate the goodness in your child, you are more bound to see positive results in their behavior versus if you chose the road of spanking or punishments. We are sailing happily through the “Terrible Twos”, with very few episodes of crazy meltdowns and temper tantrums because I followed conscious parenting method, where I respect my child, and her emotions and positively motivate her to behave well.
- I guide: I am a guide for my child. I don’t own her. I am raising her to find her purpose and follow her free will. But I am her navigator. It’s my job to show her the right and wrong and guide her through the consequences but I still don’t own her. I guide her by exposing her to various formats of learning, be it books, songs, walk on the beach, sensory playdate or just a trip to the park. She is constantly expanding her horizons and I am there to guide her.
- I bond: I followed attachment parenting method from the second my baby was born. I exclusively breastfed her, we co-slept, I wore her till she learned to crawl, and I stayed with her every second of her life till she turned 2. Thus, the bond we share is amazing. I am in tune with her thoughts, her likes, dislikes, aspirations and her little personality. She is so confident of my presence in her life. She trusts easily, is confident and is a very happy child in general.
- I laugh: I am creating a dozen of happy memory for my child and me on a daily basis. I am her happy place and we have shared a ton of smiles, giggles, and laughter even while living through a routine life structure. Nap time is giggles first, cuddles second and sleep third. Similarly, we run on the beach, roll on the grass in the garden and count birds in the sky. Fun & laughter are an integral part of our mother-daughter relationship.
- I live: Amidst the pulls of motherhood, I have still not left myself alone. I take time out for my dreams and my passion. I do Pilates 4 times a week, Latino dance once a week, I groom myself, go to my spa and manicure & blow-dry appointments. I also read when my baby is asleep. I go on a date with my husband every week. I am a lifestyle blogger, so I work from home, write and create content that I am passionate about. Motherhood has not dampened my spirit or love & zest for my life. I still choose to look good, stay fit and pursue my dreams, thereby making the most of this “One Life”
In short, I am rocking motherhood. It feels so great and liberating to say it out loud.
How are You Rocking Motherhood?
Let’s hear from you, mamas! If you are a Mom reading this, I am sure you are rocking motherhood too. I challenge you, to post in the comments, your own pointer of how you are rocking motherhood. I look forward to reading it.
And if you would like to join the Rocking Motherhood Challenge with your own blog, check out the rules here to get you started.
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Love your points. Sounds like you are definitely rocking it.
I love this. For me I have become a badass, I mean before I had my son I was kind of lazy with not much going for me. Now I go out of my way to rock at blogging and social media, so I can have something successful and be able to show my son we can do anything we put our minds to!
Hey, very well written.liked the “i adult” part.
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You are definitely rocking it as a mom! I love the way you formatted the 10 things on your list. Thank you for the nomination!
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You are definitely rockin’ motherhood, mama! And I am so glad I am too. I have chosen to put my family first in many aspects of my life since becoming a mother 8 + years ago. I practice conscious parenting and follow my instincts and it helps to shed off some of the guilt that seems to appear. I have coslept, breastfed during pregnancy & for 5+ years and counting & Im so proud of that. I homeschool our 3 kids and love and care for so much when the day comes. Motherhood has allowed me to push beyond my limits and survive because of all the unconditional love that it brings. So blessed!
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Sometimes I’m amazed by all the things I’m responsible for as a mom. I pray God would give me grace for it all!
So be it.
I honestly didn’t realize the attachment method was a thing. Your bond with your child has to feel amazing. Becoming a mom made me eat way healthier and focus on what’s important. Such a great challenge to be a part of! You definitely are rocking motherhood!
I agree. It just flows naturally. Isnt’t it?
I love doing list blogs! It sounds like you’re really doing what you need to do to rock motherhood, but I especially agree with the guide point.
You are such an amazing mom! Totally rockin it!
I loved doing this challenge too. It is so great for us often over critical (and over criticized) mamas to write out how we ARE rockstar mamas! These are great reasons! You are rocking motherhood!
Wonderful! I love your list
I love this rocking motherhood challenge. It’s so great to see women building themselves up 😀
you are totally rocking it!
This is great all the things that you do to be a great parent. I’m just trying to rock fatherhood. Or maybe I should say head bang fatherhood just to be different hmmm… maybe not.
LOL! I adult now too! I need my sleep and nutritious food in my body so I can keep up with my kids… and of course to set a good example! This week I’m rocking motherhood because i support! My son just started his season of baseball, and he always looks to me for confirmation every time he does something. It’s sweet! My younger son has taken an interest in reading! So taking him on dates to the bookstore is our thing now <3
All great points, you sure are rocking!
Brilliant, I think it is so important to remind ourselves of all these things every now and then. Lovely to read something positive!
Very well written Meghna! This certainly boosts the confidence of mothers who are tired and obsessed with the mommy guilt. We hardly realize that we are rocking motherhood. Your post is echoing the strengths of many moms including me 🙂
I love the “guide” tip and feel the same way about our little person. He’s in our care to help provide a safe environment and lots of learning opportunities to…and in return, he provide those opportunities to us. We’ve learned so much from the addition of our little “roomie” 🙂
Thanks for the shout out! I love your list! I especially love that you “adult” now. Such true words and a great way to rock Motherhood!