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10 Ways Having Kids Makes You a Better Person

By mandycheney |

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…

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Kids Inspire Mothers to Be Better

Kids Help Us Get Moving

After talking to several mothers, we came to the conclusion that having young, wiggly children in the home forces us to move more.


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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Mandy Cheney is a writer and mother of 4 residing in Utah. She was a Parenting blogger at Babble.

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6 thoughts on “10 Ways Having Kids Makes You a Better Person

  1. Phenom says:

    Totally agree! I’m better at organization, cleaning and just managing other ADHD-related inadequacies because my little one gives me just the right motivation I need to power through!

  2. Megan says:

    Very inspiring/ indeed article, I’am a mother and I really appreciate of what idea’s it contains.

  3. Mandy says:

    Agree-The driving thing really ..I was driving with a cousin , I had not drove with in years I guess and she said to my surprise..Wow your such a safe driver now ! I looked at her puzzled as she reminded me of some of my pre-kid driving habits , My heart sank as thought of how others parents must have felt with me on the roads and all the crazy stunts I pulled out there YIKES !!!

  4. Sandy says:

    I never ever thought I would be a mother. As before my little one, I drank a lot, went to party every other night, was too thin and did not really care about anything at all but only living day by day. After finding myself pregnat with my just-broke-up-bf, my world changed. I stopped drinking and smoking, I spent every night sleeping at least 8 hrs, read a lot of baby and mother related articles, and the most important thing, I decided to raise her alone. Never in my life I felt the strength inside me, but when my princess arrived, I knew I can do anything for her. Being a mother, a single mother, is really difficult…but now she’s 13 months learning to speak and run. And I am planing to buy my own house and car, in order to provide the better life for her woman who never cared about anything in the world…can be this…because of just a little human I created. :)

  5. Gina's Adult says:

    Not only do I drive better but my lil wiggly girl has inspired me to go back to school and get more than just a job I am aiming for a career in accounting because I want to give her the better things in life. And this will be a whole lot easier if I have a well paying career!!!

  6. Valerie Strohl says:

    Faith! We went back to church and glad we did.

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