Impromptu blog carnival inspired by Flo and Ronnie
I'm that mom you see smiling as her kids go *up* the slide at an uncrowded park.
I'm that mom whose son led her to the freezer this morning, got out the ice cream for me, and I put some in a bowl for him.
I'm that mom who goes shopping with one daughter in high heels, fancy dress-up clothes that she's 'improved', and a hat that would put any Derby hat to shame, one daughter in a pirate/superhero mash-up outfit, and a son with painted nails pushing a stroller with his baby doll in it.
I'm that mom who doesn't join in conversations about bedtimes, tv/computer restrictions, food restrictions, or joy that school is about to start back up. But I *am* that mom who you hear talking to her kids about everything so that you may hear my child asking for some cheese because she 'needs more protein' or asking if I can help her find a 'sanctuary' so that she can have some alone time to regroup.
I'm that mom whose kids use ... um ... grownup words. That they may have learned from me. And I may sometimes be proud of them for using them in context. Maybe.
I'm that mom who annoys you by saying 'yes' to almost everything and rearranging her schedule as much as possible to suit her children's wants - because I happen to think they're as important as mine.
I'm that mom talking to her kids instead of smacking them if they display 'inappropriate' behavior.
Speaking of that ...
I'm that mom who will never be *my* mom. Or dad. I'm that mom who will never hit my child. I'm that mom who struggles mightily some days with behaviors and mindsets I was taught about children, with patience, with exhaustion, with patience, with frustration, with patience ... Yeah, I'm that mom for sure.
I'm that mom who thinks that kids are not a subspecies that need to be trained and molded, but little humans who deserve to be respected and loved and appreciated for who they are, right now, not who they might be or will be. I'm that mom that thinks that being my child's friend is an honor, not a failure as a parent.
Hopefully, I'm that mom that will raise children who respect others, believe in themselves, and live happy lives.
That will be my greatest achievement, to be that mom.
And I'm that woman that tries to understand and support you as you are your own 'type' of mom - because we women need that.