Obviously, a great mom loves her kids, takes care of their basic physical and emotional needs, and spends quality time with them. But what are the subtler, less obvious ways to become a great mom?
Stay true to yourself: You don’t have to give up your own passions and interests once you become a mom. It’s important that you find time for what YOU love to do. Reading, writing, exercising – make these a priority and find a way to incorporate those into your routine.
Be their mom, not their friend: Set limits. In a way, it was easy for previous generations. Parents were parents. Kids were kids. We should listen to them and respect them – but we are not their peers. Our job is to be our kids’ mothers – not their friends.
Don’t try to be perfect: This is true for life in general. Striving for perfection is always a bad idea, because life is messy and unpredictable and full of surprises. Trying to create perfection, or to maintain complete control, is simply impossible and should never be your goal.
Teach them self-esteem: A person with a high self-esteem values herself and will not get into, or stay in, an abusive relationship. A person with high self-esteem is more likely to be happy and to reach her full potential. How do you teach your kids self-esteem? By showing them that you value them, by spending time with them, and by talking with them and listening to them.
Be Patient. Raising kids is hard work: Kids are noisy, messy and incredibly demanding. But for the most part, try to take a deep breath and see them for the small, helpless people that they are.
Listen to your children: We tend to assume that we know more than our kids do, which is true to some extent of course, so we don’t really bother to listen. In addition, we often act as problem-solvers, dishing immediate advice, when all they need is for us to listen to them.
Laugh and have fun: When you’re a mom, it’s easy to become so absorbed in the logistics of taking care of your kids. They give you a wonderful opportunity to be a child all over again, and to do things that you never thought you would do as an adult and see the world through their innocent, curious eyes.
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