Mother’s Day Story
10 Things I Learned From My Mom
A Mother’s Day Story
Growing up I resented my mom more often than I loved her. It wasn’t very long after I graduated that I moved out of the house with my older sister. I moved out because one of us wasn’t going to make it (between my mom and I). We were too much alike and constantly butting heads on things. I was also ready to stretch my legs and experience life outside of my strict “Baptist” upbringing.
I will be honest that I didn’t do anything wild and crazy compared to most but for me it was the freedom of choice. During those first few years out of my parent’s home, my relationship with my mom changed. Now, nearly 18 years later, we are Best Friends. She is the first person I call when I need someone to talk to. She is my confidant, shoulder to cry on, and everything in between.
I also realized as I got older how much she taught me that I didn’t realize when she was younger. I am going to share with you just a few of those things. So, in no particular order, here are the Top 10 Things I Learned From My Mom.
Mother’s Day Story: Top 1o Things I Learned From My Mom
You’re a Parent Now
- Sometimes, NO is the best answer to the question or situation even though it doesn’t seem like it at the time.
- “Because I said so,” is a completely valid response and acceptable reason for the answer that was given previously. This goes right along with parents not needing to give an explanation for every decision they make.
- “You will understand when you are a parent.” This phrase is true even before your own children are born. It is like a switch goes off in your brain once you know you are pregnant. All of the sudden you understand everything your parents went through.
- The bathroom makes a good hiding place. No one will bother you if they think you are in there having bathroom issues. Just make sure you don’t flush or they will know you are done. For extra measures, lock the door and hide the key. Turn the exhaust fan on if you have one. It helps to block the noise.
- The dirt will always be there but your kids won’t be. This wasn’t practiced until I was much older but she reminds me of this everyday.
- Dinner is whatever is put on the table because if you start making meals to order they will come to expect that all the time. If they are hungry, they will eat.
Take Care of Yourself
- It is okay to take time out for yourself. Even though moms look and act like they can take on the world, they need to take breaks for themselves to rest and relax in order to better serve their husband and children.
- Never leave the house without makeup on and your hair done. I will be honest I don’t always follow this but, when I do, I feel better about myself.
- Dress modestly and appropriately. No one wants to see your “junk” hanging out on display at the grocery store or anywhere for that matter. As I have gotten older, certain parts have begun to stay under wraps but it is hard when you are a 38 DDD.
- Always follow up with a Thank You note after visiting someone’s house, receiving a gift, etc. Even in today’s world of technology there is something to be said about a handwritten Thank-You Note!
Share Your Story
These are just some of the things I have learned from my mom over the years. I am sure you have learned many from your mom as well. Share your Mother’s Day Story in the comments below so we can read them and take part in the wisdom she has shared with you. Moms are fantastic! Remember to think about what lessons you are leaving behind to your children.
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