Have you thought about all the amazing things a mother does every day? The title mother starts the minute you hold that baby, toddler, or child that you gave birth to or adopted. You may be an aunt who is just like a mother to a family member. You may not have wanted to have children of your own. We are different and that’s what makes life so interesting. Today is, in fact, Mother’s Day. I am a mother of four daughters. I remember being a young girl and I was a babysitter for the neighborhood. I was one of those girls that loved the kids and the money. I bought my own clothes or sewed them, that’s how it was when I grew up.
I worked hard and learned a lot as a young girl, thankfully from my own mother. Here’s the deal, I want to break a mother’s life into sections. I realize we all have different stories, but this is my story. You may or may not have done some of the things I have listed today. Life is good and I’m thankful I’m a mother.
Things A Mother Does
They hand you that beautiful baby, you count the toes and the fingers and check for dimples or whatever. You cuddle that baby, you may or may not have breastfed the baby. Nowadays, so many mothers are delivering their babies at home. Oh, how we are just like the pioneers once again. I had all four daughters in a hospital. Change is good, we are all different.
A typical day is to feed the baby, burp the baby, bathe the baby, change the diapers, rock the baby and hope the baby takes some good naps.
Now, in between all of the baby cuddling, you are learning to become a mother. The baby doesn’t come with instructions and believe me, I could have used some. You still have to do the following while holding a baby in your arms or on your hip as they get older. These are just a few of the things we as a mother may have done, or our mother did with us as children, and it continued until they moved out on their own.
- Laundry never ends.
- Cooking or baking never ends.
- Shopping for groceries is a must.
- A mother plans the menus and meals.
- We teach the children how to “set the table” correctly.
- We teach the children to clean up after themselves before they start another game or project.
- I will make bread in between all of this. You know, to save money. We will teach the kids to make bread.
- We will learn to budget our income and still be able to pay the bills and eat.
- Make doctor appointments for the new baby or children, as well as ourselves.
- Make dentist appointments to stay healthy.
- We may have church obligations of time and money.
- We will set an example by serving with a civic club.
- We will prepare the children for school or a trade school so they have a good life.
- Your husband is in school and you are typing reports for him while he works two jobs so you won’t have student loans.
- Make sure the kids are clean.
- Teach the children to have manners and respect others.
- They will learn not to slurp their soup or chew with their mouths open.
- Help with the PTA at school or homeschool your children.
- I love a clean house, and I mean I really do. It keeps me sane. I own it.
- Oh, you have a button missing, I will mend it. I am a mother.
- A mother will hug a child and sympathize if they have pain or need a band-aid.
- We get the children bathed and ready for bed.
- We tuck them in and read a bedtime story to them.
- We will sing songs with them.
- We teach them to pray.
- The children will learn from our example not to bully others.
- We teach them to vacuum, dust and clean out the refrigerator, to name a few things.
- We will teach them to be self-reliant and not depend on the government for assistance.
- We teach our children how to read before they start school.
- We will drive them to piano lessons, music lessons, dance lessons or sporting events.
- Vacations, oh, that’s the best part. We will wash, pack and organize the clothing for mom, dad, and the kids. We will pack the car with snacks, water and ask dad to get the car keys.
- We will help with last-minute requests for “projects” due tomorrow and it’s 10:30 P.M.
- A mother will teach her children to sew clothes or quilt.
- Gardens, we can’t forget the joy of growing your own food. Then we teach them to harvest and preserve it.
- Let’s not forget how to play, we will teach them that play is good.
- We get the children ready for picture day and family portraits.
- We teach them to love themselves. And others unconditionally.
Life as a mother is a treasure to me. I always wanted to be a mother. When the grandchildren came along, life became even better. Life is good for a family that loves one another. Life comes with trials, but we learn to deal with them. May God bless all the mothers to love themselves.
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