Every experience in life teaches us something. Motherhood is no different. There is no easy way to learn parenting and it’s a lesson learned in its own course. Here are some lessons motherhood has taught me over the last few years.
1. You Can Never Be Too Prepared
No parenting book or class can prepare you for the roller coaster ride that is motherhood. It is a job that can practically never be mastered. However prepared you might be there’s always a new challenge looming ahead.
I have always been a patient person. But motherhood has made me discover a different level of patience altogether. Being on call 24x7 with no day off, being pooped on, peed on, and handling colicky babies who wailed through the night, it all requires a fair share of patience.
3. Lack Of Privacy
We all love our privacy don’t we? Post mommy hood, though, you better get used to being walked in on while in the restroom and being stared at while you do your business. I have made my peace with the fact that kids want to follow you everywhere. Thankfully, I have managed to teach them to knock at the door now without just barging.
As a mother, 24 hours isn’t enough hours in a day and the art of time management is one of the most critical skills to master. I recently realized that I had the unique ability to change one kid's diaper while I nursed the other, all the while being on the phone.
5. Planning Beforehand While Leaving Home
Leaving the house is no longer a throw a fresh T-shirt on, spray some deodorant, grab the keys, wallet and mobile and walk out routine. It requires a whole lot of planning in advance. From getting the kids ready to packing everything from food, diapers, blankets, strollers and what not!
6. Not Being Judgmental
Before motherhood, I have judged other mums; on the way their children behaved, to the food the kids were fed and so on. These days I hold my tongue, as I know parenting is tough work. Sometimes you have to pick your battles to maintain your sanity.
I learnt the truth of the statement “Having one child makes you a parent; having two makes you a referee” when my younger child turned one.
8. Changing Priorities
As a mother, you learn to give up a lot, but you get a lot more in return. You might not have the most fashionable clothes or eat at the most happening restaurants in town, but you will have no dearth for warm hugs and unconditional love.
9. Making The Best Of Every Moment
Time is of the essence when you are a parent. Kids grow within the blink of an eye. Every moment spent with your children is extremely valuable, so embrace them.
10. Life Is Beautiful
Life is never the same once you have children, and motherhood gives your life a new meaning. To your child, you are everything and more.
Parenting is never a walk in the park. You will make mistakes, and learn your lessons. No one is a perfect parent, so accept the fact that you are doing your best and enjoy your time being someone’s superhero!