You Know You're a Good Mom If...
News-Press.com recently posted a column discussing attributes of good moms ahead of Southwest Florida Parent & Child magazine's annual Mother of the Year contest. The article suggests today's best moms are not necessarily apron-accessorized homemakers donning pearls and awaiting hubby and the children with a fresh batch of cold lemonade while the pot roast rests on the stove in an immaculate kitchen.
Here are a few of the examples writer Pamela Hayford suggests might depict a modern mom of the year:
- A good mom might pack her children's lunches and tuck away little notes between the sandwiches and carrot sticks.
- A good mom might teach her children to assemble their nutritious meals.
- A good mom might stand up for her child to ensure a good education.
A few we could add to the list might include:
- A good mom might play outside with the kids and model an active lifestyle, even though there are dishes piled up in the sink and dirty clothes piled in front of the washing machine.
- A good mom might restrict texting and data usage until the child is older and more responsible, even though her teen assures her that she will be the only one without a smartphone and thereby condemned to a ruined life of friendless solitude.
- A good mom might make her children publicly apologize when they've misbehaved as well as pay restitution for damages out of their own money, because even though the behavior was unacceptable, she knows they are good children and intends to keep it that way.
What constitutes a great mom in your eyes?