7 moms share their words of wisdom
“What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?” That’s the question we asked seven mommies. Here’s what they had to say.
“I understand why the urban moms move to the suburbs, why some walk into the grocery store in pajamas, and why others try to silence their child with a bit of chocolate. I’ve realized what a serious lack of sleep can do. I’ve learned not to judge others, and just grab a towel and wipe the baby food off my little one’s face.” -Marianne
“Have fun! And especially stop taking to heart all these tips/tricks/studies/stats/beliefs that don’t resemble you in the slightest and are useless. Just trust that motherly instinct; it never fails.” -Nancy and Nadine
“Motherhood has taught me that things rarely go as planned! From the most mundane things (I leave for 10 minutes to hit the grocery store, but come home two hours later without the milk we needed) to the principles we thought were unshakable (I promised my girls would never wear pink!), the most basic (I thought I would have one child and go back to work six months later. Here I am, four children later and still a stay-at-home mom). And with a bit of humor, we can get through almost anything!” -Marie-Andrée
“Aside from humility (because, for me, motherhood is undoubtedly the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do), I think motherhood is a great lesson in perseverance. Because as hard as it is, we must assume our role as a mother, never give up and continue our efforts every single day.” -Anik
“It was by becoming a mother that I became an adult. My children have taught me to reassess my values and priorities. Now, wealth isn’t determined by how much money we have, but in the moments of happiness: my most memorable trips are no longer associated with the destination, but rather with those who travel with me. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned about motherhood, is that there's nothing like the love of a child, and vice versa. My children are my most cherished love story.” -Anne-Marie
“Being zen and relaxed, that’s key! My chronic laziness works perfectly well with the way I mother. No fixed schedules, no timing between feedings, no naps at 1pm. Just go with the flow. Another tip: let Dad be involved in his own way, and form a team with him.” -Ysabelle
"Since I’ve been a mom, I’ve realized that no matter what is written in books, what others may say or think, what it takes to be a "good mother”, there’s nothing more important than our instinct. That inner voice that warns and guide us deserves attention because it is us (as well as Dad!) who know our children best." -Caroline
How about you? What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned about motherhood?