When times get tough, don’t forget to make a list of the best things about being a parent.
Hi everyone! Thank goodness it’s Friday, right? My name is Samantha and I am the owner of the blog, The Samantha Show. My blog is a life and style blog that I started a few years ago and it has grown into so much more than I ever imagined! I’m married, have two kids, and live in Georgia.I’m originally from the Midwest so I’m definitely struggling to adjust to this humidity! But I love Starbucks, shopping, and anything with glitter on it!
I am so excited to be guest posting on Caitlin’s blog today. I “met” her a few years ago when we were both pregnant with our darling baby girls. Who are now toddlers and act more like teenagers than babies!
Motherhood is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. But it’s certainly an adjustment. Physically, emotionally, mentally… all of it.
Your life completely changes when you become a mom. I sometimes feel myself complaining about the daily struggles; one of my kids broke a dish or the other one spilled cookies all over the backseat of the car. They won’t stop fighting, one has no interest in potty training while the other one goes 100 times a day. The struggle is real, I tell you.
But today I wanted to talk about some of the best things about being a parent. Because I think we sometimes forget the positives when we’re in the trenches and see no relief in sight.
Unlimited snuggles. Sure, needy babies can be bothersome sometimes. But just remember that one day they won’t want to snuggle and you’ll miss it more than anything! So remember to take advantage of it now 🙂
Playdates. Playdates are great for kids but they’re also great for adults. Spending time with other women (or men) and having adult conversation? Gold I tell you! You may also meet your best lifelong friends while on playdates with other moms. You share such a strong bond and have a chance to lean on each other for support.
Shopping. It’s no secret I’m a shopaholic but where as before I only shopped for myself, now I shop for the kids. They’ve given me another excuse! And no one can argue with how cute baby clothes are, right?
Watching them grow.
This one is bittersweet because I hate how fast time goes when you have kids. But when you see them accomplish something or win an award, you feel proud. Not only of them for accomplishing it, but proud of yourself. You potty trained them. You taught them to speak. You taught them to walk. Those are big accomplishments and we should all be proud!
A permanent best friend. There may be ups and downs throughout your relationship, but they will always look to you for advice, guidance, and support. And you will always be there to give them that. You’ll go to baseball games together or attend Broadway plays. You’ll cheer them on at football and they’ll make you homemade macaroni necklaces on Mother’s Day. You’ll always be there for them and they’ll always be there for you.
Unconditional love. I’m not a perfect mom. I lose my temper easily and frequently and get that “mom guilt” at the end of the day. When they’re sound asleep all snug in their beds, I think “it wasn’t so bad, why did I get so crazy?!”
But you know what? They wake up the next day, excited to see me. They run to hug me and kiss me and they don’t even remember the adult temper tantrum I threw when they made it rain packing peanuts all over the carpet. And then crushed them into tiny pieces. They love me always and forever, and if for no other reason, that I’m their mom.
Motherhood isn’t easy, but try and remember some of the small things next time you’re feeling overwhelmed. I promise, even at your very worst, your children love you more than anything.
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