Motherhood is not easy, and sometimes a good mommy pick-me-up is needed. So, here is some advice from four amazing moms who’ve paid their dues.
Mother of an 18-year-old, 20-year-old, 23-year-old, and a 25-year-old.
“Make them eat what you serve, no making special dinners unless it’s a special occasion. Love them unconditionally even when they mess up, but make them clean up the mess and be there for moral support. Make them EARN things and don’t just give them things. Just because their friends are getting certain things, doesn’t mean they should get it too. Last, love them with all of your heart and soul and they’ll go out and love everyone with their heart and soul as well!”
Mother of a 19-year-old, 23-year-old, 25-year-old and a 27-year-old.
“Some of the best times of my life were when my children were young. Try to enjoy and appreciate all of it, even when you are tired and exhausted. It truly goes by so fast. One big thing that I learned from being a mother was to try to discipline without anger. It only causes a never ending anger domino effect, and in the long run will make things worse.”
Mother of an 18-year-old, 21-year-old, and a 24-year-old.
“Advice? Don’t have kids! Kidding! Motherhood has been a blessing to my life. I would have to say, feed them healthy from a young age. If they don’t like a certain vegetable, slowly introduce it to them. Sooner or later they’ll learn to like it. Start as early as possible, or you may be stuck making mac and cheese every night for 18 years… Trust me!”
Mother of a 24-year-old girl.
“Live in the moment and enjoy every second of it. People seem to fear the unknown, so in retrospect, I allowed fear to take over being a new mom. I was young and instead of relishing in every moment, I was petrified. Worries like: what if she got hurt, how could I protect her or what if I am a horrible mom? Looking back after 20+ years, I wish I translated that fear into joy. Fear is okay in moderation, but it wasn’t any way to kick off the beautiful gift of life. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present. Live in the moment, capture it all in your heart before it becomes history. Allow yourself to relax and imprint those memories in your heart. It goes by faster than you’ll ever know until you experience it for yourself. “