Whether we plan for it to happen or not, parenting changes us. I recently read this article about Jennifer Hudson where she attributes her new body and new-found health to her son and being a mom. All I have to say is Amen sista! Kids can inspire us to do great things. (They can also bring out some not-so-inspiring-things-too, which is for another time…) While I was reading about her desire to be a good role model for her son, I found myself nodding my head the whole time. Probably because I can relate.
Once upon a time, seven years ago, I couldn’t run a mile. I also thought having a baby was hard work. And because I needed to find sanity that wasn’t in the form of a pill, I started running. As my kids got older, the miles started multiplying as rapidly as my need for more sanity. Now that I have a five- and a seven-year-old, those miles tend to just keep adding up. Having a baby was easy compared to where I am now! I started running marathons and surprising myself with a new-found motivation. Now I run for sanity, but I also run because these little eyes are watching me and learning from me. That seems to fuel my desire even more.
I had several conversations with other mothers of young children about this topic and they agreed that motherhood does in fact, change us and the majority of those changes are positive. Here is the list of positive things our young kids are helping us develop…
So, when you feel like you’re not accomplishing anything, going anywhere, and you’re kids are making you twitch, just think of all the positive things that are happening because of these crazy little monkeys! Hopefully this list can help jump start that process!
What did I miss? What are you better at because you are a mother?
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