I remember asking myself that very question before giving birth to Kyle, which I again asked myself a few years later when I was in doubt if I was indeed raising him the way I wanted to. And since I’ll give birth to one more love in a little less than a month from now, here I am again assessing myself, asking this very same question: What kind of mom do I want to be?
- I want to be the kind of mom who finds joy in my kids’ achievements no matter how big or small they are. I want to be that mommy who celebrates my children’s happiness.
- I want to be the kind of mom who makes a big freaking deal out with my kids’ birthdays. I want to make the day always special for them. I want them to wake up really excited knowing that I have prepared something cool and sweet, like a little “Happy Birthday” banner beautifully displayed somewhere in the house plus a sumptuous breakfast over a little wrapped gift.
- I want to be the kind of mom who always finds time to ask how my kids’ day went. I want sharing their activities in school and with their friends be a very casual conversation in the family.
- I want to be the kind of mom who asks questions, instead of shouts. Who is always approachable and accessible.
- I want to be the kind of mom who emanates a joyful spirit, who ignites laughter and positive vibe.
- I want to be the kind of mom who supports my children’s dreams.
- I want to be the kind of mom who is a good provider to my kids must-haves, and even their nice-to-haves.
- I want to be the kind of mom who is not stiff, but can discipline her kids. Structured enough to show them what is right from wrong, but spontaneous enough to sit with them on the floor and play.
- I want to be the kind of mom who is graceful in her imperfection– who burns meals at times, forgets appointments, but still manages to make the mood light. I want to be the kind of mom who can spontaneously say sorry to her kids and their dad, and patch things up.
- I want to be the kind of mom who shows to my kids how much I love God.
I can go on and on listing the things I want to be. And yes, I can be these and a whole lot more, with Him.
Bless me Lord. I pray to be the kind of mom I want and dream to be.