Things I Have Learned as a Mom

One of my favorite pictures of the boys and I in days gone by.

One of my favorite pictures of the boys and I in days gone by.

Things I Have Learned as a Mom

  1. You can never give or receive too many hugs. Never.
  2. Fun bandaids make almost anything feel better.
  3. Kids say the cutest things and it is important to write those down immediately.
  4. Baby books don’t write themselves. I speak from experience about this one.
  5. Choose your battles—some things just aren’t important to fight about.
  6. It’s true–time passes very quickly.
  7. It is important to be there–no matter what —even at 2 a.m. when the teenager finally makes it home.
  8. You may not always like your child’s choices but it is important to always be supportive  if it is something that will not cause them or someone else harm. Realize that they are growing into their skin
  9. Prayer changes things.
  10. It’s okay to say no every now and then but don’t let the answer always be no.  Childhood is short. Let them live a little bit.  Ice cream for breakfast is okay once in awhile.
  11. It is always good to be “the house” that their friends like to come to. Do everything in your power to make that happen.
  12. You will hear your own mom’s words coming out of your mouth many times.
  13. As your children get older they sometimes need you more rather than less. Be there.
  14. Traditions are important.  Maintain those even after they leave the house.  Grown children still love to get Easter baskets and have overfilled stockings at Christmas.
  15. Almost anything is funny 10 years later.  (Thanks to my sister, Paula, for this one!)
  16. Distance does not diminish love.
  17. Children come in all shapes and sizes. All are lovely. Are all special. Comparisons are not necessary because each one is a gift in and of itself.  Embrace each child’s uniqueness.
  18. Encouragement is what every child needs on a daily basis.
  19. Vitamins are not necessary. They will grow without them. Bricks on heads also do not work to keep them little.
  20. Pictures bring back memories years later of moments frozen in time. Be THAT mom with the camera always ready.  Your kids will thank you years later that you could come up with the picture that was a reminder of a wonderful memory.
  21. There will always be a part of you with your child.  No matter how far away they are in geographical distance from you.  They are who they are partly due to their mom.  That can be a very good thing. As long as the part is the best part of you.  🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to my own mother who continues to teach me every single day with her wisdom and her love.  I am blessed.

Paula, Mother, Beth Ann June 2013

Paula, Helen, Beth Ann
June 2013

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  1. aaronchiles says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! Love you!

  2. Lovely post. I am 36 and fun bandaids still make it all better for me! 🙂

  3. Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. Virginia says:

    So beautifully said! I totally agree with you! Our job is to give our children roots and wings – clearly you have done that with your wonderful sons!

  5. Wonderful list I will share with daughters, both young mothers. Happy Mother’s Day, Beth Ann.

  6. Love, love, love this!
    Beautifully written!
    Happy Mother’s Day!!

  7. Well said!

  8. So sweet. Happy Mother’s Day!!

  9. Happy Mom’s Day Beth Ann!

  10. Truer words were never spoken.. Happy Mother’s Day Beth Ann.

  11. Happy Mother’s Day. “Distance does not diminish love.” I haven’t lived in the same city as my parents since I was 21 years old—your right, it doesn’t.

  12. Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

  13. Wonderful!!! So much wisdom in this post. Love the pics, and I hope you’re having a truly happy Mother’s Day!

  14. Beautiful reflections and life lessons. Your sons are so lucky to have you as a mom.

  15. I agree with everything you said. Happy Mother’s Day

  16. pattisj says:

    A agree whole-heartedly with #11, and wish I’d been a better photographer when my daughter was young.

  17. pattisj says:

    P.S. That is a great picture of you and the boys. Love their expressions.

  18. A great list. #11 is so true and I always made sure everyone was welcome in my house. Today I saw one of my daughter’s friends from when she was a teenager and he mentioned how he liked coming to our house. Looks like you had a good mother’s day. Love the pictures! .

  19. This is a great list, Beth about mothering–best I’ve seen yet! I agree with every one.

    • Thank you, Karen. I really appreciate your kind words!!! I have had a lot of great times with my kids with more to come and I treasure them all.

  20. what a great list… your kids are so lucky to have such an amazing mom!

  21. What a fantastic list. And those photos are equally as endearing.

  22. I love that part that they are “growing into their skin” — it’s so true. We got caught up in all the things we can do wrong, and they can do wrong: but there’s still a lot of the journey left! Some things — you can just let them go.

  23. Oh, Beth Ann, such sweet photos! Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend! Sorry to be a day late!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  24. Love this list. And to #11 – the kids love it when their house is “the house” as well 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day!

  25. Love all the tips Beth Ann! I am finding out that baby books don’t write themselves so I’ve turned to doing a birthday book instead. So far I’ve been able to handle that! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • I love your birthday book idea. I think that is a winner. I think the online photo books would have been a lifesaver if they had been around when the boys were little.

  26. I’m not a mom (yet), but I will definitely remember that fun bandaids make everything better. Such wisdom.

  27. So many truisms here! Belated Happy Mother’s Day Beth Ann!

  28. Happy Mothers Day. I am proud of you in so many ways.

  29. I’m not a mom yet, but I was definitely taking notes for that far off day.

  30. Jennifer says:

    I really liked #20 about pictures. My husband doesn’t always want me taking them, but pictures are priceless!!!

  31. Ann Pillsbury says:

    So true on everything written.

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