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The pride in motherhood

The challenges that come with becoming a parent can be very trying. It's easy to become demotivated with a constant list of things to do, cleaning up, and dealing with the emotional ups and downs of raising children. Do you find yourself caught in this loop? It's about this time that you should simply put that laundry basket down, put your feet up, and think.

Think back to the day when your children were born. I'm sure you felt many things when you first saw your newborn, but wasn't there a sense of pride in you? That is the one emotion I clearly felt after my son was born. I felt an unexpectedly proud of having been part of the amazing experience of giving birth to a new life. Come to think of it - that was my proudest moment, ever. It wasn't even a natural birth, but I still felt wonderful about carrying my child securely for nine months, and then making the best choices so he would be born safely.

Over time, that sense of pride got transferred on to my son's achievements. Every milestone was something to celebrate. But somewhere, I lost the sense of being proud of myself for everything I did. Of course, there's nothing wrong with celebrating milestones, because all that you do helps your child in getting there. But moms should never stop being proud of themselves.

They should always carry that pride in their hearts, to help them deal with the barrage of negativity that may come their way. They may be questioned for their choices, and ideals. They may begin to doubt themselves. But they shouldn't. Because whatever we do, we did bring a human being into this world, and that's nothing short of a miracle.

We need to remind ourselves of this, and feel as proud of ourselves every day as that first day, because we deserve to. We will make mistakes, because we are not perfect. But we will also move on from them, as we should, and get ready for school drop the next morning!


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Kelly Mckenzie said...

You raise such a valid point Tarana. It is so easy to lose that pride of being a mom. I was once asked if I was proud that my two have gone off to college. I answered "I'm not proud, I'm happy for them." And that is still true today. However, in retrospect I should have answered "I'm proud that I raised them to want to go away to college. To want to be independent." Does that make sense?

Kristi - Finding Ninee said...

I so agree that losing our own pride in our accomplishments is an important thing, that's lost. And that's important. Still, the pride we have with our little people? Amazing. Love this so so much and I thank you, so much, for your sentence and for hosting tonight.

Anna Fitfunner said...

Yes, Mom Pride can be a lifeline for us! Motherhood can be a strange melding of accomplishments. We do so much for our children, and see ourselves in them. But we need to stay aware of what we've done in addition to what our children have done and will do.

Allie Smith said...

Amen! I totally agree - on principle. I just wish I could feel the same intensity of the pride I feel for my children's accomplishments, for my own. Does that make sense? I'm proud of myself for many things, but sadly the pride is just a flicker compared to the inferno I get when they do something amazing.

Tarana said...

Makes sense, Kelly! We are naturally proud of what our kids do, but in a way, that's our accomplishment too.

Tarana said...

Glad you agree, Kristi! I really feel it's one of those things we shouldn't forget.

Tarana said...

Rightly said, Anna! We mustn't lose sight of what we've accomplished either.

Tarana said...

I know what you mean! There is something about our kids' milestones that we just can't help being so proud of.

Denise said...

I agree! We need to remember to be proud of what we do too. :)

ruchira said...

Totally agree Tarana. Motherhood has its own magic :)

Nicki Gilbert said...

So true, Tarana! Pride was and is an overarching emotion of my motherhood journey. Thank you so much for this wonderful sentence and for hosting FTSF.

Tarana said...

Glad to hear you feel the same, Nicki!

Charlotte Pearson said...

Super post - couldn't agree more p.s love Dubai!

Talya Stone said...

I really needed to hear this right now - thanks so much for the virtual pep talk! #sharewithme

Sarah said...

So true! At times it can be so hard not to put everyone else first and forget about you! Great post Tarana!

Tarana said...

Thanks Sarah, glad you agree!

Chris Carter said...

OH this is just lovely Tarana. I think we moms sacrifice so much humility in our 'jobs' we tend to lose site of being proud of who we are- as moms and women!! Thank you for this reminder... :)

Let's Talk Mommy said...

Ahh this is so beautifully written Tarana and so true we all need to keep reminding ourselves we are doing a great job and our very best. Lovely post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

Tarana said...

That's right, Chris, let's feel good about ourselves!

Tarana said...

Thanks Jenny, so glad you liked the post!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Such a great reminder!

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