The little ones belted out ‘Happy Birthday’ to their big sister. Our firstborn drew in a deep breath and blew out the candles. We all cheered. Birthdays are a big deal in my family. We love to celebrate, and this birthday in particular marked a special occasion. Double digits for the oldest! In celebrating her life, we gave her ten gifts with ten notes of encouragement. Needless to say, she felt special.
It took me a month to let this milestone sink in. Quiet moments in my world are few and far between. I have four VERY loud kids. Sometimes, the shower is my only quiet space of the day (until one rips open the curtain with a humongous question that simply cannot wait another minute). I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Finally, I had a moment to ponder my decade of parenting and found myself in a comical mood.
In some way, I felt I should’ve received a ten-year commemorative award or certificate for surviving the craziness of kids in my life. After all, I did birth four kids in five years. I was practically pregnant and chasing a toddler around for half of this decade. I survived so far, and I am learning to thrive in each new season. Moms of toddlers, it does get easier in many ways, I promise.
Through the course of these ten years, I managed to build an impressive resume simply by being Mom. I bet your portfolio looks much the same. In honoring all moms everywhere, I thought it would be fun to highlight the diverse skill set associated with the most important job in the world: Mom.
Here’s to a little fun and laughter. I know you’ve earned it today. So, sit back and sip your coffee (or maybe gulp it down at this point) and enjoy a light-hearted moment before you are interrupted. Here it goes:
11 Incredible Skills I Gained as a Mom
For the countless hours we transport noisy passengers who give pointers from the backseat but can’t even reach the pedal. Let’s not forget the way we carefully field their requests while keeping our eyes on the road: Can you play that song again? Can you turn up the music? It’s too loud now! Can I put my window down? I’m cold! Can you put the windows up?
Yet, we get them to their destination safely. They pay tips in the form of kisses and sticky high fives. But we’ll take it every time.
For when the battle pursues between siblings yet again, and the situation demands a time-out. We may not always make the right calls, but we can be sure to get a playback by way of those non-involved siblings. In a big family, you just can’t get away with anything.
For the inventive ways we transform ingredients into culinary masterpieces, even if they refuse to eat it because it’s green.
For all the creative styles we attempt on our daughters’ hair thanks to YouTube tutorials (insert eye roll and laughter…I’m so not good at this) and for those studly haircuts we give our boys (I’m much better at this).
Because even though they contribute, we still find race cars or crayons in the most random places, sticky spots on the counter, and crumbs under the table. When it comes to laundry, the machine is always running and the piles constantly growing. And even if clean clothes don’t get put away immediately, at least they have clean clothes. That’s a win!
For all those late-night dance parties in the living room. Someone has to take their requests and keep the beat going.
Who else is an expert at kissing boo boos, applying Neosporin, and keeping band-aids in stock.
For all the ways we listen attentively and patiently through the tears and waves of emotion that come from such little bodies, especially as we enter the adolescent years.
I mean, someone has to manage the mix-up of plaid with polka dots. We are masterminds at determining when to teach an expressive child how to match OR just leave them to their own creativity…simply because we know it’s not a battle worth picking on certain days.
Waste Management Specialist
For those times they are convinced our pocket is a built-in trashcan even when a receptacle is just a few feet away. Depending on our mood, we may take the trash anyway or teach them how to place the wrapper carefully in the can to avoid getting grime on their already-dirty hands. Either way, trash didn’t end up on the ground. Another win!
For all those masterpieces that enter our museum (aka home) and the creative ways we display them, as the artists standby with the proudest smiles.
Being Mom is incredible. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Nothing compares to this role. It’s a position that constantly challenges us to reach new limits and soar higher than ever before. We can be completely exhausted and tapped out; and yet with one sweet smile and kiss on the cheek, the burden melts away.
Being Mom is priceless.
The bottom line: No one can replace you. Mom, you are special and remarkable in your child’s eyes. No one can bring comfort faster than your softly spoken words and loving arms. When they look for reassurance, they are looking into your eyes and grasping your hand. When a scraped knee or broken heart leaves scars, you are the one to hold them like no one else.
You are valuable. Irreplaceable. More than enough.
God has chosen you for this incredible job.
In those drowning moments of insecurity or frustration, and in those moments of imperfection, remember you have a heavenly Father who is perfect. Find rest in His presence. Grab a hold of His strength for each new day.
You’ve got this.
Being Mom. There’s nothing like it. Here’s to another ten years of growth.
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