Being a mom is one of the most difficult but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. And it wasn’t until I became a mom that I truly started to appreciate my own mom. But, with all of the ups- also comes the down. That includes the stressful moments, the sleepless nights, the times I’ve lost my temper. And the times that I wasn’t exactly enjoying motherhood.But how could that be?
Wasn’t I supposed to love being a mom? Wasn’t every moment supposed to be a good one? Wasn’t I supposed to feel guilty about wanting a break from my kids?
It wasn’t until I was starting to reach the end of my patience with my kids that I realized the resounding answer to all of those questions, is no.
Sometimes I don’t love being a mom.
Sometimes a moment is going to be pretty bad.
Sometimes I need a break from my kids and I refuse to feel guilty about it.
What does it take to start enjoying motherhood again?
I’ll be honest- this is something I struggled with.
When I made the decision to become a stay at home mom, I don’t think I ever realized just how much I was giving up.
Was I being given the opportunity be with kids and see them grow up? Of course. And most of the time, I wouldn’t trade that for the world.
But, in return for this amazing gift and opportunity, I was always making a few sacrifices.
Motherhood means sacrifice and pain from day one of conception. But this pain and sacrifice brings forward a beautiful feeling in a woman after she finds that her children are happy and healthy. That is the only reward she desires from her children. And that is motherhood.
Powerful Enjoying Motherhood Quotes for When You Need to Reconnect with the Why of Motherhood
One of my favorite business books speaks of finding your why- that is finding your purpose and your driving force for your business.
Was my why so I could yell at my then toddler? Was my why so I could stressed and overwhelmed with all of the things?
My why was, and is still to this day, to have a meaningful relationship with my kids.
“You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong, but that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” —Naya Rivera
“I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” —Oprah Winfrey
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” —Lin Yutang
“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” —Kahil Gibran
“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.” —Honore de Balzac
“Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” —Kate Winslet
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” —Sophia Loren
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning
“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou
“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” —Maria Shriver