I used to think that as a parent I was my child's first and most important teacher, but the more I am a mother, the more I think my children are just as much MY teachers as I am their teacher.
Now, I have been pretty fortunate to have many mothers in my life who have given me an example of how a mother should be. I am grateful and have learned from each woman in my life whether it be my own mother, my mother-n-law, or a close friend. My mother showed me about love and constant encouragement. My mother-n-law, who I spent the past weekend and is quite weak at the moment, taught me about strength and courage. My friend Julie, a close friend of mine, who together we raised our first babies side by side, taught me about appreciating the little moments and joys. The list goes on and one with women in my life who have taught me how to be a mother. I am so grateful to them.
But, day by day, it truly is my own children who inspire me to do more, be better, try harder, forgive, try again, learn, grow, and continue to want become a better human being. They are watching, listening, and I must model the way as that is how our children learn best... it isn't always easy. No one is perfect and sometimes we expect that of ourselves. But I am here to say it is those imperfections and mistakes I make where I have the best conversations with my children and we learn together. It is the growth mindset we model for our children, the mindset where we show and explain to them that this setback or failure is really a new opportunity to learn and something better will come along. The growth mindset that we need to just practice more, learn more, and the outcome next time will be different. So often, we think we are teaching our children about life, when in the end, I think it is them teaching us how to be better people ourselves.
I am so honored to be my children's mother. It is truly what I am most proud of in life. They have taught me a love that is like no other. They have taught me patience that I never thought I would have. They have made me a better educator and a better human being. Mothers make the world go round... and it is the children who inspire them.