When Kat from Frau Naish tagged me to take on the #RockingMotherhood challenge, I thought that “challenge” was the operative word. I’m not accustomed to singing my own praises. Despite my initial reservations, I actually thought of eleven or twelve things and had to narrow them down to ten!
The challenge was started by Pat from White Camellias because she felt that sometimes with all the ups and downs of being a mother it was easy to forget what made us great mothers and concentrate on where we fall short or would like to improve. She wanted to focus on the small but great things mothers do right day after day and celebrate them.
So here are ten reasons why I rock at being a mum:
- I trust my instincts. I gave up breast feeding at five weeks because I knew it was best for my mental health and my relationship with my daughter. Similarly, I knew something wasn’t right with my baby’s feeding and didn’t rest until I knew what it was – it turned out she had silent reflux.
- If something’s not working on the parenting front, I’ll keep trying different solutions until I find something that works. Baby rice and purée made weaning a nightmare, so I switched to finger food.
- I ensure my daughter has plenty of opportunities to socialise, since I don’t want her to miss out due to having no siblings.
- I might read a book or two, but I don’t parent according to any particular book. I learned some valuable lessons on Baby Led Weaning and Toddler Calming, but I do what’s right for my child rather than following a rigid regime.
- I have a whole list of aids that I don’t believe in because I consider them to delay the very thing they’re meant to help. This includes baby walkers, stabilisers on bikes and arm bands. Given that Munchkin walked at eleven months and rode a bike aged five, I think I’m onto something. The arm band thing is based on my own childhood – I became dependent on them and couldn’t swim until I was about ten.
- I have chosen to invest in my daughter’s education and give her opportunities to build confidence and reach her full potential rather than taking a chance with state schools.
- I don’t believe in wrapping children in cotton wool. Obviously I’m not going to allow Munchkin to go rock climbing unsupervised or mix sugar with weedkiller, but I encourage her to be adventurous and we both accept that she might get a few scrapes and bruises along the way.
- I’m determined that my daughter won’t gain the “typical only child” label. She’s so good at sharing that she regularly runs out of sweets because she’s given them all to her friends.
- I have the most resilient five year old I have ever met, and I’d like to think that is partly down to me. When all the other children have got bored of the treasure hunt or had enough of the obstacle course, she’ll choose to be there until the very end.
- I must be doing something right since I’m Munchkin’s favourite person! It’s official, she had to draw a picture of her favourite person in class, and she picked me.
The most challenging part of this is going to be finding some bloggers to tag to continue the challenge. It has been going for six months so a lot of people have already done it. I’m mainly going to tag people who follow my blog or have kindly commented on previous posts. If I haven’t tagged you, and you want to join in, just do it anyway.
- Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
- List 10 things you believe make you a good mother. (This is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind.)
- Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
- Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.