To My first born. As much as I don’t want you to grow. You have to because that’s just how life works, but I’m glad I get to share all your growing seconds, minutes, days and years with you. You’re still my baby no matter how old you get and I will do my very best to protect you, love you, and make you a happy kid. On your Birthday is when I became a first time mom. You’re Birthday will forever be special to me which is why I try to make it very special for you. My Einstein, My Heart. 💕 🎈Haaaappy Birthdaaaaay Toooo Yoooou! 🎈
Some kids are smarter than you. Some kids have cooler clothes than you. Some kids are better at sports than you. It doesn’t matter. You have your thing too. Be the kid who can get along. Be the kid who is #generous. Be the kid who is #happy for other people. Be the kid who does the right thing. #bethenicekid #BryanSkavnak Finished this word #mural today and as I wrote the #words I thought of how much #kindness our nation needs. Let’s use our words to heal and love one another. Thank you Principal Schwab of Palm Beach Public Elementary School for the opportunity ❤️
You know how you can tell the signs of a good mom? Look at her kids. This one continues to teach me about unconditional care, prioritizing our time together and persistent love. This first photo about sums it up. The life of an exceptional mother: coming along for the winter sledding, bundled up for the cold, but instead of playing outside still inside the car nursing and nurturing the baby who needs her, yet still so in love with this little person. Yes-I sure have awesome kids! But you know who is primarily responsible for that? The one who spends the bulk of her day with them. The one who is their favorite. The one who has out-wiped/out-cleaned, out-hugged, and out-cooked and let's face it, most days if not all🤷🏼♂️, OUT-WORKS me 👊🏼🙌🏼. The one who constantly sacrifices herself for us. She's one of the hardest working people I know and yet somehow she teaches me still almost daily how to balance how I spend my time when I am home -by watching how these kids respond to her and how she chose to spend her time with them while I was gone. 💆🏼♂️🙄😭I forget that perspective a lot. We are worn out a lot. And these kids know they are loved a lot. You can tell in how they play and interact. And that's mostly because of the influence of one woman who is changing the world three kids & a dad at a time. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, especially this one, my haileypmorgan. Thank you for these sweet & beautiful kids we've made, but thank you for something even harder than birthing these three rascals: how you mother and care for all of us in a way that pulls the best out of all of us, day after day after day 💝
When Friday hits, I naturally reflect on my week. I'm guilty of, more often than not, being upset with myself for wasted time and what I wasn't able to get done. But recently, thanks to whatarewereading and myinnershakti, I consciously congratulate myself on my #littlevictories. Today, I reflected on the past two weeks and I pat myself on the back for how productive I've been. I somehow managed to stay on top of my books, social media (enough at least), PTA work and my house is NOT a complete disaster! Plus I drastically reduced the girls and my own screen time 🙌 (my laptop doesn't count🙈)
But something else kept bouncing around in my head ... these comments and my reactions to them
Being a stay-at-home Mom, I've always felt that there's a huge stigma attached to this label. When the kids were home with me, I'd hear things like "I just don't get how you can do this everyday". Compliment? Not when it comes with a "you're nuts" kind of look. And now that the kids are at school, I've apparently got the good life. No one to answer to, an endless amount of time on my hands and not a care in the world
And stay-at-home Moms aren't alone in this. I know so many Moms who work outside the home and feel, with great enormity, the stigmas associated with their own label
So when I faced these comments, at first my answers were vague and did nothing to change perception,"Yeah, it's nice to not have to run around." "Sure, what do you need." "Still so much to do." "Not as much as I'd hoped." And it bugged me until I realized why - I no longer accepted the label of "stay-at-home Mom". So, I started answering with bit and pieces about my indie-publishing company, my upcoming books, my involvement with the girls school and I finally started saying "No, I'm not able to"
I'm not sure what I intended for this post to be - some might say a rant.. how about a reminder. To not confine yourself to a label. To correct the comments that are influenced by stigmas. And for everyone to not assume, because we are all so much more than one thing
Oh and I don't disagree with all these comments.. yes I am lucky, we all are 💗 Happy Friday!
After this was taken she slapped me because I kept taking pictures on her phone. Hard. She slapped me hard. But its okay because jokes on her it didn't hurt. I just fake cried so she wouldn't do it again. (You know we all did that as a kid) (don't worry CPS this is a joke) Happy mother's day mom. Congrats on having a few kids...too many. Just kidding. But on a serious note did you save the receipt for them? Oh and can I have gas money? K. Thanks. Love you mom. Happy momma's day. ❤ also they gave flowers to the mom with the most kids at church and you best believe I shouted "OHHH YEAHHH THAT'S MY MOM". She got the flowers. End of story.