What kind of mom do you want to be?

8 Oct

I wrote recently about forgiving our families for the mistakes they made raising us. However, I also wrote about how important it is to learn from their mistakes. While writing that post, I really began to think about the type of mom I want to be. I thought about the characteristics of my own mother that I want to emulate as well as characteristics that I want to exemplify for my children.

Here is my list:

  1. I want to be the mom that takes tons of great pictures of her kids. I have very few pictures of when I was growing up (probably mostly because the pictures were consigned to film, which was then stuffed into a drawer somewhere, never to be seen again). I want my kids to see what they were like when they were younger and to have those memories.
  2. I want to be a godly mom. I went to church on and off as a kid, but I never remember my mom really being committed to it. It was difficult for her, because my father wouldn’t go with her. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful husband who enjoys going to church with me, and I want to take full advantage of it! Not only do I want to do this for religious reasons, but also because it will give my kids a good environment to grow up in.
  3. I want to be a hip mom. Too often moms become frumpy after their kids are grown. I recently realized that I was becoming frumpy due to just work and class! I need to make the effort to learn to be a hip mom now so it’s easier for me to keep it going! 😉
  4. I want to be the mom that bakes amazing things. I have mentioned this one before, but unfortunately made no great progress on it!
  5. I want to be a healthy mom who teaches my kids healthy habits. When I left for college, I did not understand the value of eating fresh fruits and veggies (my dad hates anything green!) and I thought it was fine to eat frozen dinners every night. I don’t want my kids to think the same way.
  6. I want to be a nurturing mom. I want to actively show my love to my kids and I want them to know that I will always be there for them.
What are some of your favorite characteristics of your mom? What are some characteristics you try to exemplify for your kids?
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One Response to “What kind of mom do you want to be?”

  1. Fantastico October 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    How about a mom that makes time for herself? It’s nice to sacrifice for your children – but what’s wrong with being able to still have your own interests, dreams and aspirations? It’s not all about the kids – sometimes it can be about you too…

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