On my morning run, while Carter was whining because he wanted to get out of the stroller, I was thinking what it meant to be a mother. Here is just ONE simple definition I came up with:
To be a mother means: to teach another individual how to become their best self.
For me this means teaching my son: how to learn so he can be educated, about religion so he can have a relationship with God, how to eat properly and excersise so his body can function right, how to treat others and contribute to society so he can be a good citizen, and so many other things.
There is so much to be said on motherhood (a topic I hope to discuss often on this blog), but as I was thinking this morning about the “big ideas” of what motherhood is (i.e. the goal and aim of motherhood) I was hoping that I used those big ideas of motherhood in my daily life of being a mom. As my child is entering tantrum phase, I find that it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and lose sight of the bigger picture (does that sound too cliche?). But along with the tantrum phase comes the opportunity to teach and instruct my son in how to best live life, which to me makes the tantrums totally worth it, because I’m stoked to start teaching him and watch him learn how he can become his best self! Now…if I could just start by teaching him to never throw a tantrum again!
(Mainly this post is the get all you moms, and non-moms, out there thinking about your own definition of motherhood. Please share, let’s have a dialogue, so I can be inspired by your insightful comments!)