Do you aim to be a good mom (or dad, but since I’m a mom, I’ll continue to use that term in the rest of this post) but find yourself feeling guilty or wondering if what you are doing is good enough? Here’s a little message for you. You are doing a great job!
I do not dare to say that I’m some sort of perfect mom. I learn alongside my daughter every step of the way on how I can be a good mom, or even a better mom, for her. From my experience, I have picked out three key things you can do to help you be a good mom.
A good mom has a sense of humor
If you haven’t figured it out yet, you’ll soon find that parenting a toddler is so much easier to deal with when you have a sense of humor. It helps you keep a positive outlook when your toddler grabs your last straw and chucks it out the fourth story window. Whether she is sad or happy, angry or confused, my daughter is constantly looking towards me for my reaction to whatever is happening right now in her world. If I can find the humor in a bad situation, I can help my daughter learn that you can make lemonade out of life’s lemons.
A good mom is prepared for anything
This is a skill that you will automatically develop as a mom. It basically means you can go with the flow because you are prepared for whatever curveball comes your way. Maybe you planned a picnic out at the park today, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Being prepared, you could tweak things a bit and pitch a pillow and blanket fort in your living room. Have your picnic at home and make it a camping adventure instead.
A good mom keeps a small plate
It’s important to make your daily schedule manageable. This is for your sake just as much as it is for your child’s. When you have too much on your plate, you’re less likely to be flexible enough to meet your toddler’s needs. This is particularly important if your toddler still naps. Don’t miss that nap! It’s better to plan one quality activity with your toddler than cramming in a trip to the zoo, a playdate, and an outing to the playground before naptime.
Do you agree with my list? What would you add to this list?