Saturday, May 08, 2010
Motherhood Week Wrap Up
When my Sadie girl was in preschool, I went through a tough time as a mother. We had this constant power struggle for about two years. I would go to bed many nights feeling frustrated & like I wasn't parenting her correctly, but I didn't know the right way to teach her. Now that Claire has turned 3 and is starting to act like a little monster as well, I realize that this may have just been the age that Sadie was at. Still, I'd never had a preschooler before. This stage was new to me & with a headstrong little girl like Sadie, I was struggling & I was down on myself.
At Sadie's preschool graduation, each of the kids got up & said what they wanted to be when they grew up. One by one the kids got up & said that they wanted to be teachers & doctors & princesses when they grew up. When it was Sadie's turn, she announced that she wanted to be a Mom when she grew up & the whole audience let out one big group "Awwww".
Then, when I got her preschool journal home I found some really sweet & interesting things:
It was at this moment that even though this child is fiercely independent & wants to fight me on every little thing I ask her to do, it doesn't mean that she doesn't love me or doesn't like me. She loves me more than anything. I was & still am her constant. I'm the person that is with her the most every day. The one that has been with her for every new experience & every scary experience. I've been with her for every doctor appointment, every dentist appointment, every vaccination, every talk in sunday school. I've dressed her & bathed her & combed her hair most days. I've fed her & snuggled her & sang silly songs to her. I've helped her pick out her glasses & helped her understand the world around her. I've taken her to the park & baked her birthday cakes & made her clothes and toys.
I've been with her for so much that she's experienced in this life. I'm kinda a big deal to her. And it's important that I remember that when I feel that our personalities are clashing. I am so thankful to the wonderful preschool teacher that was so sweet & wrote down all that little Sadie said about her journal entries. I'm thankful to be a Mom. I feel that I'm only continuing to improve in this role & I'm thankful for the best kids in the world (seriously) for helping me with this progression.
I am certain that the most important work we will ever do will be within the walls of our homes. Hug those babies tighter. Don't be so hard on yourselves. Be positive even with the mundane housework. Know that you are extremely important in the lives of your family. So much of the attitude & feeling of the home depends on you. You are kinda a big deal to every person in your family. You are awesome.
Happy Mother's Day to you all! Thank you so very much to all of our guest bloggers. Weren't they amazing?