Today's topic is courage.
All last week I knew the topic would be courage and I felt so much pressure to think of something to write about that fell under the topic of courage. I even asked Sarah from Momalom if I could link up an older post because recently my five year old son, Charley, showed amazing courage when he stuck up for his two year old brother, Henry, against pirates at the park.
Then today as we celebrated Mother's Day I realized that being a mom takes courage.
For many people becoming a mother just happens without a thought out decision to when the time is right. For me, it was a decision that my husband and I excitedly decided on together. Whether you decide or are surprised - becoming a mother takes a lot of courage. It is an experience that continues to challenge from day to day and moment to moment.
I surround myself with many amazing friends and family who are mothers. I have an inspiring mom as a role model. My mother-in-law raised a son who is a wonderful father to my children - I soak up her wisdom. All of these mothers do things differently but yet the same. They have strengths and weaknesses that they work on or celebrate. They have passions that play out and enhance their mothering skills. Each mother drives me to take time during my journey to enjoy and grow. Each of these women show courage as they make the day to day, moment to moment decisions that impact the lives of their children.
As a mother you have to have courage to believe in your instincts, trust your heart, slow down and take each moment and decide on what is going to work for this moment in time. As mothers I think we tend to question and feel guilty for even the decisions that we are sure of.
The courage to be confident in the decisions you make as a mother is vital to surviving and not laying awake at night, isolating yourself, or having life pass you by.
I strive to find the courage to believe in my daily mothering choices. I try to always tell myself that from moment to moment some things work or won't work and I can change my mind. The amazing thing about parenting is that there is no one way to raise wonderful children.
Find your courage.