As our son approaches his second birthday, I can’t help but reflect on how our lives have changed since he entered the world. Becoming a mother has been one of the greatest gifts and responsibilities I could have ever been given. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to stay home and be completely hands on. Watching him grow, learn, and discover the world around him refreshes my own spirit and continuously keeps things in perspective. I absolutely LOVE this stage, meltdowns and all, and am trying to be intentional with soaking it all in.
I thought it would be fun to share what I have learned this second year of motherhood. I shared my lessons during my first year here: SAHM: Year One. What are some lessons you have learned along the way? I would love to know with the season you are in!
Year Two Lessons
1. I don’t think parenthood is ever easy, it just seems easier as you gain more confidence and experience with your child. Be confident in your role and know that you were created for them, and are exactly what they need.
2. Model, model, model! Your child is a sponge and will mimic what they see and hear. The best way to teach is to show.
3. Be aware and intentional of your relationship with your spouse (if applicable) around your child. Your relationship will become their “normal”.
4. Read and talk to your child constantly! There is so much to teach in the everyday.
5. Enjoy ALL the hugs, slobbery kisses, and “I love you Mamas”. There is nothing like it.
6. Work through emotions and responses. Allow your child to feel what they feel and then move forward with appropriate measures. Your child does not automatically know how to do things…
7. Be present.
8. Your child will not remember if you did things perfectly. They will only remember how you made them feel and the environment you created. It is okay to fail or have bad days.
9. Structure and routine can be such a blessing to revive your spirit and mindset!
10. Take time for yourself, family, friends, and spouse. Show your child it is important to foster those relationships and build others up.