May's Topic: How She Thrives
My sons were discussing the movie "Freaky Friday" today, and wishing they could try the experiment. My 12-year-old especially wanted to switch places so I could "see how hard middle school is," and so he could relax in the relative "ease" of being a mother. Of course I laughed out loud for two reasons. 1. Been there, done that. (And yes, it's hard.) 2. What does he think I do all day?
Motherhood is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. Like the title of Jennifer Senior's amazing book (which I will review later this month), it can be "All Joy and No Fun." But amid the challenges, exhaustion, cluelessness, and hard work of motherhood, are some pretty amazing payoffs--first smiles, games of pretend, unforgettable one-liners, and the gradual unfolding of remarkable, unique human beings.
This month, I want to find out what you do to thrive in your role as a mother--how you get through the hard stuff, enjoy the good stuff, and find time to remember who you are. I'd love it if you'd take the time to answer some or all of the questions below, so I can share your ideas and insights this month. Thanks for contributing!