Being a Mom Rocks – No… Really!

being a mom rocks - 31 Days of Joy in Motherhood from thishappymom.comBeing a mom rocks.

Motherhood is awesome.

It’s the best job I’ve ever had.

Seriously.

No, I don’t love every single part of it.  I wasn’t a big fan of poopy diapers or potty training.  I could do with a little less whining and a little more obedience.

But have you ever looked at the benefits that come with the job?

Fifteen Benefits of Being a Mom that Bring Me Joy

  1. There is always some kind of chocolate in the house if I look hard enough.  My kids are candy hoarders, so there’s normally something stashed in their backpacks.
  2. If I want to leave a social event early, one of my kids can normally help that happen.
  3. I have an excuse to own cool gadgets and video games.
  4. Decorating for Christmas (and really any holiday) is a lot more fun with appreciative kids.
  5. The peanut butter jar never gets a chance to expire.  Before kids, I threw out a few jars that had expired and were stinky.
  6. I get to watch all the silly animated movies that remind me of my own childhood.
  7. Hugs on demand.
  8. As a kid, my brother didn’t share his toys.  Now I get to play with all the cool boy toys and no one can stop me.
  9. I can blame all strange smells on my children.
  10. If I accidentally spill something on my shirt, I no longer look like a klutz.  Obviously, my kids made a mess on my clothes.
  11. No one thinks I’m weird for crying a sappy commercials.
  12. My giant suitcase sized purse is finally considered “normal” by my peers.
  13. If someone drops by unexpectedly, I can blame the mountain of laundry on my child’s recent “incident” rather than confessing that some layers of the laundry pile are over six months old.
  14. I don’t have to take the trash out if I don’t want to.  I have “people” for that now.
  15. I am now confident in my baking abilities, as long as it involves chocolate.  My kids are easily impressed by sprinkles on just about anything.

See? Being a mom rocks.

Your “Joy Assignment” for today is to list some things you LOVE about being a mom.    Stick it up in the laundry room to remind yourself that you have the best job on the planet.

Today is Day 24 of 31 Days of Motherhood.

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. {Melinda} Love this … yes, kids are exhausting, but they’re wonderful and come in quite handy. 🙂 I’ve been saved from many a boring or awkward social event by a needy child. And hugs are tough to come by with my 16-year-old (but I think she still secretly like them), but my 12-year-old will still smother me with affection. Holding it to it for as long as it lasts!

    • The more deeply I’ve dug into this whole “joy in motherhood” thing, the more clearly I see that my attitude is key. I can chose to see my clingy and overly affectionate child as an interruption to my routine and an unwelcome warm heater on a summer day. Or, can chose to see how fleeting the time is and treasure every last cuddle that I’ve given. It’s the same act, just different attitudes.

  2. Do you really search their backpacks for chocolate? Love that! And having “people” for that is tops on my list too. The hugs are really special, and I really like being smarter than everyone else in the room.

    • Um… what? I’m just making sure they don’t have access to unauthorized sugar. You mean you’ve never scoured their treats for one last piece of chocolate? Is it just me? In my defense, they had found my secret chocolate stash and drained it dry. So I think it was a fair trade.

  3. WONDERFUL reasons why being a mom rocks, LOVE IT.

    I love how wonderful the holidays and birthdays are now being a mom, everything is special and wondrous.

    • Holidays and Birthdays are so magical through my children’s eyes. I have a few years left of that, and I’m treasuring every last bit of it.

  4. Love this list! My favorite perks are the hugs on demand (and secretly the ability to get out of unwanted social engagements! shhh)

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