As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m always reminded of how fortunate I am to have the most amazing mom. But here’s the thing; I never realized how awesome my mom was until I became a mother myself. Growing up, I’ll admit I was guilty of rolling my eyes at her well timed one liners and sarcastic advice. Her silly yet well-meaning attempts to make me laugh often left me in tears. And her ability to make all my friends love her drove me completely crazy. Yes, I was a brat who had no idea that when it came to moms, I hit the jackpot. But now, as a mother myself (of two crazy boys who think I’m just as uncool as I once thought she was), I find myself using the lines I once heard from her. I have to stop at times and smile as I re-enact moments from my own childhood that once drove me crazy but that now seem totally awesome. And I can’t help but be amused by the fact that the silly, completely amazing lessons I once tried to avoid learning from my mom are the ones that I now want to pass down to my own children.
So what are the lessons that my mom imparted during childhood but I have only come to understand as an adult? To be honest, the list is long. Maybe I was a slow learner. Maybe I was stubborn. But some lessons stand out to me more than others. And this Mother’s Day, those are the lessons that I treasure most from my own mom.
Don’t Take Yourself too Seriously
Being a mom is a serious job – after all, you’re shaping little humans, right? Well….kinda. While I know my mom always took her responsibility to us seriously, she didn’t take herself too seriously. She was never afraid to laugh with us. Play with us. Be completely silly with us. While other moms were so worried about how they looked to everyone else, my mom didn’t care.
She would rather get a smile from my brother and I than a compliment from another parent on how she was doing it all right. And while she was the best mother imaginable for me, I always knew that she didn’t take her role as a mom so seriously that she forgot how to have fun.
I’ll attribute this lesson party to my mom being awesome and partly to her being Southern…I mean, really, it’s likely that both aspects are reasons for the smile that was always on her face. I think she mastered using a really serious tone that told my brother and I we better whip our butts into shape while smiling when we were in the womb.
And no matter what we did, or how bad it was, looking in, nobody would ever know what was wrong. I’m not saying she hid it. I’m not saying that she didn’t discipline us (on many occasions). But by doing it with a smile, she taught me that there was joy in even the toughest situations. Now, with my own kids, I can whip then into shape with a simple change in my tone of voice…but you better believe that when I do it, there is always a smile on my face.
Never Lose Your Sense of Humor
My mom showed me that the only way to be the best parent you can possibly be is by keeping a sense of humor. When your kids embarrass you (and they will), when things don’t go as expected (and they won’t), when life turns completely upside down (and it will)…those are the moments when a sense of humor is essential.
I’m not saying that things were always smiles and giggles in my home but my mom was able to laugh at the craziness along the way and by teaching me to to do the same, she showed me that motherhood is much easier when you’re willing to see the silliness in even some of the hardest times.
Much like me, I’m sure many of you moms out there look back to your own childhood or even your time now as a parent and can’t help but laugh. I’ll fully admit that I do the same because of all the lessons I learned from my own mother, the most important one is knowing that it’s OK to laugh at yourself. In honor of that, I invite you to laugh along with me at this thing we call motherhood. And what better time to do it than Mother’s Day! Head to your closest theater starting April 29th to check out the Mother’s Day Theatrical Release, a big-hearted comedy celebrating moms!
Featuring an all-start cast that is sure to make you giggle, this movie celebrates motherhood for what it really is: rewarding, frustrating at times, unexpected, emotional and always funny. Even better, grab your mom, your mom friends or even your kids and take them with you to celebrate the joys of being a mother while you see Mother’s Day for what it truly is: The day that connects us all.
So what are you waiting for? Mark you calendars. Plan a movie day. And then take this time to celebrate the wonderful moms in your life this Mother’s Day!
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