Mumspeak #1: What does Motherhood mean to you?
Welcome to the first edition of #Mumspeak, where I put forth a parenting-related/ mum or dad-centric question, and invite parent bloggers to give their honest, unadulterated answers/ views/ opinions.
Being a mum blogger and Tales from Mamaville being a blog about motherhood, I’m kickstarting this series with a seemingly simple, yet complex-when-you-think-about-it question: What does Motherhood mean to you?
Motherhood is not a destination, it’s a journey – the most exhilarating, tiring and challenging one you’ll probably ever embark upon. And it’s a long, long one – beginning from the time you see that ‘positive’ line and never really ending. Because our babies will always be our babies, even when they’re 21!
Sarah from Mum Muddling Through
Motherhood has, for me been a process of throwing my life up in the air like a thousand balls. With a little juggling, a little bouncing off track, they have landed in a place that makes my life, and me, almost unrecognisable to my former self. That, surprisingly, is something I have become totally fine with. I’ve come to realise motherhood is a total blessing; not a given.
What does motherhood mean to me? What a simple question, yet it feels so hard to answer! Motherhood is an unexplainable love and joy – you have to experience it to understand it. Motherhood is providing comfort to my daughter in a way that no one else can. Motherhood is being calm and patient, following my daughter’s needs and helping her on her path through life while accepting that she is her own person with her own needs, wants and desires. Motherhood makes my heart beat a little faster, my face smile a little bigger and my soul sing a little louder.
Sarah from Run, Jump, Scrap
Zoe from A Tale of Mummyhood
To me motherhood means loving and providing for my children. It means working hard to give them everything they need, for the best possible start in life. Motherhood is my reason to live. If my girls are happy, I’m happy!
Lucy from Lucy at Home
Motherhood means a big shift of priorities and sense of identity. You’re no longer just you; you come as a pair (or more if you have more kids). There are times that you frustrate each other and get wound up, but the love you share is unshakeable. All your choices are swayed and influenced by the knowledge that you have a little one who depends and dotes on you. Motherhood means uncertainty and worry, as you desperately want to do the best you can for your precious charge. But it also catapults you into the centre of someone’s universe! There is no feeling on earth like having a toasty little hand squeeze yours for guidance and reassurance and love.
Aleena from MummyMamaMum
Motherhood is about learning to take joy from the smallest of things. Motherhood for me has meant accepting that a constant strive for perfection only leads to burnout and unhappiness. Accepting and embracing my own imperfections, the imperfect moments, the imperfections of those around me; all of this has led to a happier, less stressful life for us as a family. So I suppose for me, motherhood means acceptance.
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