Tuesday, May 27, 2014

9 Things to Do to Become (or Be) an Awesome Mom

Being an awesome mom really can't be reduced to a list of 9 things, but here's a start.  

1 - Read, sing, and listen to your children.   Starting from the first day they're born--pause when you talk to your baby, and she'll learn the give-n-take of conversation.  And PLEASE--please!--teach them how to properly interrupt when Mom is visiting with an adult.  (hand on arm, wait quietly to be addressed)

2 - Count your blessings - be optimistic - smile.  

3 - Learn from and laugh at your mistakes.   Help your chicks to do the same thing.

4 - When you have to, say the following (right away!):
      "I don't know" (but I'll find out!)
      "I made a mistake"
      "I need help"

      "I'm sorry"

5 - Say it like you mean it - quit being wishy-washy when giving directions - be consistent.  You're NOT their "friend" -- you're their mother.  Don't get the two mixed up.   Kids will have LOTS of friends, but only one mother.   

6 - Keep your priorities straight (husband, children, everyone else).   Of course, God comes FIRST on that list--that's a given.   Work on your relationship with your hubby first, you're a team!  

7 - Children won't die if you say "no" or make them do chores or miss a birthday party because you told her to do her chores and she decided not to.   Seize every opportunity to teach life lessons!    

8 - Tell your kids you love 'em.   Every day.   And give hugs.  And "tickle treatments."   

9 - Spend time with your children, particularly time in church and take time to teach them manners, life skills (how to--), and that the whole world doesn't revolve around them.  Sounds rough, but it's true.  They're part of a family--something greater than themselves.   Do things for others.

Okay, I have to add one more, because #9 flows into this one.  

10 - Teach them how to get along with others, particularly their siblings.   If they would rather fight with each other, punish both children equally.  Don't allow tattling unless "blood & guts" or doing something dangerous.  My aunt used to spank the tattler and the tattled-on--because my three girl cousins were very competitive.   They grew up to be very loving and protective of each other.

There's no time like the present to leave a Godly legacy and establish your heritage!   And if you're an older woman you can help the next generation (the young mothers of today) by sharing your experience in a tender and loving way.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, 
and He will make your paths straight.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
 Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV

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QUESTION:   What one thing do you or did your mom do that could be added to this list?

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