While everyone else is preparing to celebrate Dad this weekend, I’m still celebrating Mom! The Mom Project is built on celebrating the everyday life of a Mom. To get her in front of the camera with her children. Not to photograph what they look like, but instead, to photograph what is feels like to be her. She may see herself as struggling, imperfect, or anything but great….but in the eyes of her kids….she is perfection as is.This edition of The Mom Project features a wonderful Mom to two adorable, independent, kind hearted boys.
_________________________________________________1) gender and ages of kids
Two boys, Eli 31/2 and Isaac 16 months.
2) What do you love most about being a Mom?
As a Mom I love watching the boys learn. I am always amused by how they investigate and tinker with anything they can get their hands on. It’s fun to see their personalities/interests develop and how they interact with others. Eli is such a caring, silly, charming, outgoing, and careful boy. Isaac is a demanding, fearless, independent, silly, “Momma’s Boy”. I love how they love, need, and want me. Most of all as a mother of two, I love how the boys love each other. Eli is such an attentive and helping big brother and is always keeping an eye on his little brother. Isaac lights up when he sees Eli and copies everything that he does. They are at the stage where they are really starting to wrestle around and get into mischief.
3) What worries you the most about raising kids in todays society?
I hope they learn to have meaningful relationships and how to interact with people in their lives. It just seems that there is such a disconnect these days. So many people only seem to worry about what they want/need, and don’t think/care how their actions or lack of action, affects others. I just want them to realize the importance of people over things.
4) What do you hope your kids remember about their childhood and about you as their Mother?
I want them to remember the fun and carefree childhood that they have been able to have. I stay at home with them and we don’t have much of a schedule to stick to, everyday is an adventure. I hope they remember the little “everyday things”: going for walks, riding bikes in the driveway for hours, cuddling and watching cartoons, reading books, playing with the garden hose on hot days, taking care of the garden and flowers, exploring the great outdoors.
Being the wife of someone that lost their mother to cancer at the age of 17; I hope they remember the even “smaller things”: What I say to them in the morning, “Good Morning! Rise and shine clementine!” What I tell them on my way down the stairs after I put them in bed, “Night Night, see you when the sun shines!” and then I blow them really loud kisses. I hope they remember the nicknames I call them and silly phrases we say to each other.
I hope they remember the joy I find in everything that I do with them and that I will always Love them. I hope that someday I will get to be their friend and not just their Mother.
5) What advice do you have for new moms?
Enjoy every second, it really does just fly by. Don’t worry about what everybody else seems to be doing with their children, do what works best for you and your family. Your child isn’t born knowing how to behave, what’s appropriate, or how to do things; they rely on you to show them and explain everything.