Mother's Day PhotoBalancing on the tightrope between holding on (protecting) and letting go (empowering) – that’s the magic of parenting.

Being a mother is the hardest job I’ve ever done.

Starting the very first time I held that swaddled seven pound bundle in my arms, I didn’t’ really know what I was doing. Most days, I swam in a sea of worry, guilt, and exhaustion. All of the sudden my time was no longer mine to control. Then a moment of joy would surface, and I realized why I’d become a parent – to love something more than myself, more than anything in the world.

What I didn’t realize was all the things my girls would teach me. And all the love that would come back to me. That is when I knew every tear, every sleepless night, every knot in my stomach and sucked in scream of frustration were all worth it.

15 Things I Learned (So Far) About Being a Mother

  1. Let go of expectations
  2. Empower instead of control
  3. Lead by example
  4. Focus on the good, no matter how bad the bad is
  5. Hold on to your core values, instilling them into your parenting style even if it means being different
  6. Honor your feelings and theirs
  7. Trust your gut
  8. Don’t nag or yell, let them learn from their successes and missteps
  9. Learn to ask for and accept help
  10. Create balance between giving to others and giving to yourself
  11. Stand by the decisions you make even if they aren’t met with the response you’d like
  12. Celebrate every victory no matter how small or large
  13. They won’t starve if they don’t like what you made for dinner
  14. Disability does not define a child or her family
  15. Karma is real – feel the love that you give come back to you

Now it’s your turn! What are your most valuable or unexpected lessons from parenting? Let’s create a circle of love and be mommy warriors together!