Most people would say I’m crazy…
…..for having four young children, only about 2 years apart each. Many more people would say I’m insane for wanting another one….yes, 5 kids…With that being said, those people would usually include that as long as the children are taken care of appropriately, have as many as you would like. Both of my parents are divorced and ended up having children with their other spouses, so I have many brothers and sisters. My husband’s family is rather large, as well…so you can imagine the reunions!
I love being a mom. To me, it is one of the greatest gifts in the world. It is my calling on this earth. Of course, the hard work (and frustration) comes with the territory, but the rewards are immense. I cannot say that I am a perfect mother…to be honest, I am pretty hard on myself when it comes to my parenting skills. I often focus on what I’m not doing with my kids, rather than realizing what I am doing.
That’s when my kids come in.
My two older children love to draw (my two younger ones don’t show much interest yet, but I’m sure it’ll happen soon), so I have an Arts & Crafts bookshelf, full of writing utensils, paper, child-friendly scissors, tape, yarn…and much, much more…for them to use when they want. Sure, it makes a huge mess…but let’s face it…it’s part of being a kid! And to no fail, every time, they’re creating something, just for me.
It makes me feel special.
They sit in on my computer desk for me to find. This is what I receive.
I have a specific part of the kitchen, where they (and me too) can proudly hang up their pictures to share them with others who come into our home.
So when I’m down on myself, I look through all of these creative pictures my kids draw for me and realize that it’s things like this that make me love being a mother.
….along with all of the hugs, kisses, random I love you’s…cleaning up their bedrooms without being prompted…..
Motherhood shouldn’t be taken lightly. Like any other long-term situation, there is an important commitment involved. Expect to lose sleep, hair, and patience…but gain self-worth, love, and opportunities to better the world around you. Being a mother isn’t easy, but it sure can be rewarding.
In what ways do your kids make you feel special?