Oh man, who thinks I’m probably the worst mom ever made? I sure should have read more of these posts! I’ve had some serious fails this month. One son didn’t get the part he wanted in the play. I kept thinking I should talk to him about how he might not get what he wanted… and then he didn’t. And I was a big fat #momfail
But as I’ve written these 30 things I think there are a few things that smart moms are:
Smart moms try. They try again, and again…. and dare I say it again and again and again and again and again…. are you getting the picture? Because I sure as heck am! Smart moms show up. Check out Lara’s post about showing up.
Smart moms read up on what to do. They know their brain isn’t enough. They read great books, they talk to friends and they visit great websites that help them get new ideas to be a better parent to these sweet souls of theirs.
Smart moms are around their kids. They show up to events, they know what’s going on. They don’t hover, but they’re THERE.
I’m not saying that they are off their cell phones all the time, but I’m saying that there may be one eye on Facebook and another eye on what’s going on. It doesn’t help to show up if they’re completely glued into another source of information the whole time.
Smart moms love. They love that chid, with all their flaws and prickly parts. They love them. The other day my visiting teachers came and shared this quote about charity. They asked me to use it about parenthood — think about it:
“Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down, It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.” — Thomas S Monson
Loving that in parenthood. It’s about accepting our kids for who they are. I am pretty sure this will be going on our quote board soon. I even made a printable (gasp) of it. Click on it to print it or save it to whever you want. 🙂
The reality is that a smart mom has courage and is kind. I can’t think of anyone who has more courage and kindness than a good mom.
Imagine how great Cinderealla was as a mom!
Thanks so much for joining me on this 31 day journey. Hopefully you learned a thing or two, I know I did! In case you missed one, they’re below for your convenience: