Motherhood changes every woman’s life. For me, the connection with my kids was immediate, and when I became a mother, my focus and drive changed – everything I did from then on was fueled by my children. I live my life knowing I serve as an example to them, and it’s an enormous responsibility but one of the greatest, and I learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.
While I’m a mother now, I’m always a daughter first, and for my family, Mother’s Day is about celebrating all moms in our family. My whole family celebrates together, and the moms put their feet up and relax while the boys cook us breakfast. We celebrate being a family, and at the center of that is what my mom means to me. Our connection is something very special that I never want to lose sight of, and while I try to share my gratitude for her every day, Mother’s Day is a special time for us to be together and to recognize what my mother created – a happy family.
The thing I’ve learned most from both of my parents is that parenting is the one thing you never want to fail at, but there will always be a moment where you won’t be able to meet the needs of your kids. You can torture yourself over it, but my parents were always honest with each other about what they were capable of and fully admitted it if they didn’t make the right choice. When you can have an open dialogue with your children, they will be more comfortable expressing their feelings because they know you will understand. It’s important to set boundaries, but never set unreasonable expectations. Once children are born, they are their own people, but parents can put them on a positive path and help them grow into the adults they will become.