Parenting kids is hard work. Sometimes we feel like we’re down in the trenches where everything is hard work and no fun. However, despite these feelings, you’re probably experiencing some parenting wins, even if you don’t recognize them.
Ready to get inspired? Read these stories about parenting wins these women have experienced in the day to day mom life. Their stories will help you remember how amazing parenting can be! You may even find golden nuggets of parenting guidelines and advice that will help you with your own little ones. Here are the stories of 7 everyday moms:
1. Aditi Singh | Founder & Chief Editor at Raising World Children Magazine. Mother of two.
“When my kids were babies, it was the big milestones that made me feel successful:
- Breastfeeding my son until he was 2.
- Getting over my guilt of not being able to breastfeed my daughter.
- Getting both my kids to eat pretty much all foods we make at home.
As they grow my parenting wins are those small moments when the kids are helpful or empathetic:
- The time my son made not only his own breakfast but also his dad’s.
- When my daughter asked me to make sure we had her friends’ favorite snack ready before they came for a play date.
- When I see them celebrating festivals from around the world with me, and enjoying learning sign language.
These moments let me know I’m on the right path to raising good, kind, global citizens. My kids learn from me, but I also learn from them. This is the true circle of life, for children often have the most important lessons to teach us.”
2. Cara Brzezicki | Inventor and mother of two. Learn more about Cara on her website.
“Parenting successes tend to seem few and far between, especially for someone who is a Highly Sensitive Person. My oldest son has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and my youngest is highly sensitive. Parenting is challenging within itself and with all of the traits that my boys and I have, it seems to make it a bit more challenging.
My youngest son is the sweetest little boy. Sometimes I feel like I have not given my youngest son enough attention because of the help my older son requires. But, no matter what, my youngest son always gives hugs, kisses and tells me that he loves me. He’s also kind to his brother. He constantly thinks about others before himself.
Now, I know having a sensitive boy may not be a parenting success to many, and I cannot take all of the credit for his trait, but I embrace it. This is a super huge parenting win for me!”
3. Thena Reading-Franssen | Blogger at HodgePodge Hippie and mother.
“I feel successful as a parent in the moments that I witness my daughters showing kindness and compassion to the other children around them. Simple things like listening to other kids when they spoke, holding hands when they walked down the hallway and giving hugs when they said goodbye. How often we forget it’s the little things that truly make a big difference in the lives of others.”
4. Rachel Peachey | Freelance writer, Montessori teacher and mother of two. Learn more about Rachel on her website.
“ ‘Now pull on the blanket and walk this way,’ my 5-year-old said to my 2-year-old. He had convinced his sister to help him make his bed. I peeked around the corner to watch them as they worked together to lay the blankets neatly on the bed. Not only was it great to see them doing something helpful, but I loved the way my son was guiding his sister. A little while later I heard them shout ‘We did it!’ They cheered and clapped and called me to come see. It’s moments like these when my kids concentrate, work as a team and encourage each other that I feel like a successful parent.”
5. Sandy O’Neal | Life coach and mother. Learn more about Sandy on her website.
“The words that come out of our mouths affect ourselves and they affect others. Being mindful of the words we choose to use around our children can help set a good example that can have a huge impact on raising healthy, mature, responsible children. Our children become what they hear. When we use our words to help build our children up, even when mishaps happen, it instills in them the love that they need to grow into strong and kind human beings.
A few years ago, my daughter had a disappointing situation take place with a close friend. She was saddened by the hurtful words her friend used. As I listened to her thoughts and feelings about what happened, I realized that I had taught her to be a strong, kind, and caring person. Because of the strong foundation created through my own example of being careful with my words, she was equipped to handle the awkward and uncomfortable situation with grace and love.”
6. Jennifer Levin | Life Coach and mother of three. Learn more about Jen on her website.
“Right now I’m feeling particularly successful as a parent. My oldest daughter just turned 18 and she’ll soon graduate and then head off to college in the fall. I can FINALLY see the fruit of our efforts! She’s an amazing girl and I’m feeling SO proud of her and myself!
She’s our first of three children and has severe food allergies. To say that I’ve worried about her through the years is an understatement. Every birthday party, every sleepover, every night out at a restaurant, I was always worried this would be the time something happened.
I’m proud to say that despite my intense fear, we taught her how to be responsible about her allergy and never leave home without her Epi Pen. We encouraged her to do all the fun things she could do and to not be defined by or limited by her allergy.
Since 5th grade she’s spent every summer at sleepaway camp. She’s done three different teen tours on her own, without us, to Hawaii, Italy, and Peru. Even though I’m sad it’s time for her to leave home, I’m confident she’ll be fine!”
7. Pamela Meister | Entrepreneur, Business Efficiency Consultant and mother of two. Learn more about Pamela on her website.
“Whenever my two children (ages 7 and 4) are home for a long weekend, school break, or over the summer, we make a list as a family of activities that everyone would like to do together. Everyone can add as many ideas to the list as they want and we mark each person’s name next to their wish list items. I always choose which items we will do and when but rotate so that everyone gets a turn to do what they want. This allows my kids to have some control over how they spend their break while I can still manage our time and budget.
It has become a tradition that we all look forward to and my kids call our time together “Camp Pamela.” Some of the most fun activities have been tie-dying, mini golf, swimming, going to the movies, spending time at the beach, baking cookies, riding bikes, and painting. My advice from one mom to another: enjoy the small moments, allow your kids to voice their preferences, maintain (some) control, and make happy memories!”
As you can see there are many different versions of success to be found on the parenting journey. Yes, parent life is tough and it can feel like an uphill battle at times. Sure, we can all improve on our parenting skills. Parenting classes and sound advice from experts in parenting magazines can help if you’re looking to make positive changes. But remember, it’s those little (or big!) moments of success that help you carry on in this important work.
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