(Originally posted 10-1-2010)
So, here is the deal.
You are looking at my blog and one of 2 things is going through your mind:
1. "Wow! I can't wait to try a few of these activities with my own kids. I feel Awesome!"
2. "Wow. I'm not doing activities like these with my own kids. I feel Lame."
How do I know this?
Because I, too, have experienced both inspiration and discouragement in looking at other moms' blogs.
Therefore, I would like to make a request of you, dear fellow mommy, if I may.....
#1. If you find yourself feeling Awesome, great! Of course it's impossible to try and do every single fun idea that you come across on the internet. But I hope you find something here that might be fun for you and your family!
#2. If you find yourself feeling Lame, I beg you to cut yourself some slack! A friend of mine said something I love in her blog post: Super Mom Disclaimer:
"Doing projects with your kids is NOT what makes someone a good mom! I just happen to find doing crafts with my kids one of my favorite things to do! But many moms don't. That's OKAY. Some of the best moms I know don't enjoy it either. Big deal! They are still amazing moms."
I may be, there is always going to be a mom somewhere in the world who is more anything & everything --- than little ol' me.
And ya know what?
It's OK! Motherhood is not a competition. Good for those moms for doing what they enjoy and doing it well!
And good for ME! -- because I don't have to be like other moms! (I'm not really sure why I ever thought I did. ?) I know I'm a good mom because of one fact only: I love my children.
I hope you will benefit from the ideas I share and have fun with your kids in whatever way you enjoy! And if all else fails, make cookies. :)