If You Don't Mind Me Asking...

As mothers we strive to do our best with our children. Most of the time, it seems, we feel we're failing to live up to our own expectations. What about you? How do you see yourself as a mom?
1. What do you feel like you are doing really well as a mother? You know. Like if it was the only category, you would totally win Mother of the Year?

And now the dreaded opposite question,

2. What is one area in which you feel you are struggling to do well as a mom? Something that you feel like you keep trying to improve, but you think you might be totally failing?

I know. Question #2 is gross. But let's face it. We all have at least one problem area, right? Or is that just me?


  1. 1. I think I'm pretty good at raising *nice kids*-- I have two boys, totally different personalities, but they are both just good kids. Of course they have issues and problems, but those are usually at home. For their teachers and caregivers, they are extremely well-behaved, and I am proud of that fact.

    2. I fail some days at getting down and doing stuff with my kids. I'm busy with work and life and, of course, my internets, and sometimes a day goes by and I realize I just let the kids play without actually enjoying them and spending quality time with them.

  2. 1. I am really good at providing good, nutritious meals for my children. I try to make things homemade so that they understand that not all food comes prepackaged and from a restaurant.

    2. I fail to have enough patience with my kids. I tend to get angry when they annoy the pants of me or each other. Most of the time I am screaming at them to listen to me, but maybe I need to do a better job listening to them.

    Too deep.
    I cant seem to think
    I'm good with the ....
    I dont know but I yell too much thats for sure.

  4. I'm good at the nurturing and the playing part, but my patience runs too thin sometimes.

    I still vow to not be my mother.

  5. I am the Mother who forgets everything....I get notes from the teachers asking to send something in with my child, I do last minute projects the morning they are due, and I run late. I am teaching my children patience. :)
    After all that I do think they know I am supported. They know that if they need a snack Mom or team Mom or cheerleader that I will be the first to volunteer. They know that they are special and that I will always be there for them even if I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

  6. What I meant to say was that they know THEY are supported by me...wow...long day. :) See...chicken with my head cut off even in my words.

  7. 1. I feel like I'm really good at setting aside the rest of the world for my daughter. I spend my days playing with her, teaching her, talking to her and getting to know her. As a result of spending so much time, I feel like I'm pretty in tune with my daughter and I'm not missing out on this 3-5 year season of her life where she is primarily at home with me. I feel I can reinvent myself professionally when she's in school full-time.

    2. The result of the way I prioritize things is that I'm often dis-organized. My house is marginally clean (thank heavens for Roomba), I'm slow to get back to people on the phone or email, the dog is usually in need of a walk, the bills are sometimes paid a little late and I cook functional meals. I'm not hitting anything out of the park on that front.

    I guess the way I see it is that I know I can't do it all 100%. No one can. I left a job I loved (and the identity that went with that) to be a mom...not a housekeeper, taxi driver, scheduler or chef. While I think this sometimes frustrates my eternally-working husband from time to time, I feel like my actions line up with my priorities. I feel like my approach has allowed me to resolve so much of the cognitive dissonance that comes with being a work-at-home mama.

  8. 1. I am absolutely in love with my daughter and spend time nurturing her, giving her lots of hugs and kisses, and teaching her about God's love.
    2. I am a LOUSY housekeeper and food provider(this is especially a bummer since my daughter has Cystic Fibrosis).


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