how you mother -- round one

"Watching over these little souls is my biggest privilege and highest honor. Sometimes I can't believe God has trusted me with such a profound purpose. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly and fight to be successful at every single day. I feel that the tone and words that I use to speak to them will forever be the voice in their heads. So my theory is that if I'm good to them,  they'll be good to themselves and therefore do good unto others.  It's simultaneously the simplest and (on some days) the hardest thing that I can do to help them try and make a positive difference in the world."

"To me motherhood is a state of being - a way of life. I want my kids to remember being WITH me. I try to include them in the mundane and the exciting. WE do the laundry. WE exercise. WE cook dinner. We silent read and read aloud - TOGETHER. We talk about our days and work through our fears, frustrations, anxieties together. We make goals and celebrate attempts and successes - together. We learn and grow by experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly of this world - together. For me and my kids, being together is when we learn the most about ourselves - and I am able to be purposeful and take advantage of teaching moments. When we are together we see our talents, we see our weaknesses - and we use both to help the others grown and learn as well. 

Motherhood is exhausting and thankless much of the time, but at the end of the day I wouldn't change one minute of it. I am proud of being a mother. I am proud of raising children to be kind, to be thoughtful, to be caring. Raising children to change the world.

I feel like I shine most as a mother when I let go and trust in God. When I pray for help and follow my intuition. When I don't worry about Betty on Facebook or Molly on Instagram. When I forget I have 10 lbs left to lose or that the floor could use a good scrubbing. I shine when I lose myself in their joy and we experience life together. It is then that I am best able instill in them their true divine nature and help them to see the good that is all around them."