Subscribe to our newsletter. The path to motherhood looks different for every mom. There are certainly some people who plan their pregnancies, but there are also many others who simply get pregnant and decide they want to keep the baby. Some women struggle with infertility and losses for many years before they can become mamas, while others go the route of foster parenting or adoption. We spoke to nine moms to gain insight into why they chose motherhood, and what the road to becoming a parent looked like for them. Scroll on for what they had to say.
22 Women Share the Real Joys of Being a Mom | Parents
Being a parent has taught me so many lessons the hard way, and I can only wonder how life would have been different these past couple of years had I known some of these things in advance. Essentially, this is my journey into motherhood. Sure, I knew how to wash dishes and dust bookshelves and clean toilets, and to do them well thanks Mom! And I was only in a square foot apartment!
There is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that by simply living lives that are intentional and authentic, my husband and I are, in many ways, teaching our children valuable lessons in love, empowerment, compassion, and humanity. I love singing silly songs and tickling my daughter's tummy when I'm changing her diaper. You don't get too many opportunities to share eye contact and get in close during the day, especially with a whirling toddler, so if you can distract them, and make it a happy time, then diaper changing is your chance.
We develop these beliefs from the pressure of our communities and society as a whole, the experiences with our own parents, and through the expectations of friends, family, and media. So difficult, in fact, that anxiety, depression, and overwhelming emotion can latch on like crazy to our new identity. I want to share a brief story with you about a mom who I saw in my office this summer. This mom has given me permission to share her process around the topic of being a good mother , because it gives such a clear example of the ways in which perfectionist thinking and unachievable expectations can lead to distress.