Author: DANIELLE DAVIS.
All photos on this article are taken by incredibly talented photographer, Christine Olson Photography.
As moms we all have moments of frustration and stress – moments where we feel we are failures and just not good enough. But if you can see ONE of these 10 signs in your life – you should know that you, just like the women above, are doing a good job.
1. A GOOD MOM KNOWS WHO SHE IS: You aren’t JUST a mom. You are much more than that. A good moms knows the important role that she has in her family’s life. Believe in who you are and who you are becoming. Gordon B. Hinckley said, “We must never lose sight of the strength of the women. It is MOTHERS who directly affect the lives of their children. Their influence is paramount.”
2. A GOOD MOM HAS HER PRIORITIES STRAIGHT: If you have left the house without a shower before – you’re a good mom. If you have fallen asleep on the rocking chair with a fussy baby in your arms before – you’re a good mom. If you have chosen to stay in with your family on a Friday night, rather than go out with your friends – you’re a good mom. If you have gone to Target at 10pm just to walk around while the children are in bed and it felt like a vacation – you’re a good mom. If you have seen poop on your pants and it didn’t even phase you because you are use to it – you’re a good mom.
3. A GOOD MOM HAS BAD DAYS: Those days that you just watch the clock wondering when it is bed time. Those days that one thing happens after another and you think it’s a joke. Those days you just want to sit in a warm bath and never get out. Those days where you have no patience, disobedient children, screaming babies and a gigantic headache? — Good moms have bad days.
4. A GOOD MOM HAS GOOD DAYS: But not every day is bad. You then have those days where it feels as if all the stars have aligned because EVERYTHING just goes your way. You wake up before the kids and have breakfast made, a workout done and the dishes put away. You jump from one activity to another, everyone is happy, everyone is fed and everyone is dressed. Nap time lasts a little longer than usual and you wish every day was that good. — Good moms have good days too.
5. A GOOD MOM UNDERSTANDS SIMPLICITY: You realize and understand that you don’t have to do it all. You know how to say “no” and live a simple life. You don’t always have to be on the go and you don’t always have to not be home. You know the importance of just spending time playing with dolls and puzzles in the nursery. And some days are pajama days.
6. A GOOD MOM IS READY FOR BED: A good mom doesn’t necessarily always have a ton of energy. In most cases, a good mom is exhausted. She spends her day doing so much for other people, she is ready to hit the hay at 7pm.
7. A GOOD MOM WORRIES, HOPES AND PRAYS: “Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one.” – Unknown
8. A GOOD MOM ENCOURAGES AND SUPPORTS: A good mom wants the very best for her children. You know how to compliment, cheer and uplift. Through the things that you say, performances you attend, stories you read, classes you take, places you drop off and hugs that you give – you let your children know that they are loved. And that is what is most important.
9. A GOOD MOM KNOWS HOW TO LAUGH: You laugh at spilled milk. You laugh at ANOTHER blow out diaper. You laugh when you can’t find the keys to your car. You laugh when nothing is going your way. Marjorie Pay Hinckley said, “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
10. A GOOD MOM ISN’T PERFECT: Most importantly, a good mom isn’t perfect. A good mom will make mistakes. A good mom will wonder “what in the world did I do.” A good mom will be confused, frustrated, anxious and nervous. A good mom learns from her mistakes and tries to do better the next time.
If you fall under one of those categories, you should know that…
YOU are doing a good job too.