The Mom Project. Celebrating Mom in all her perfectly imperfect ways. Dispelling the myth that the perfect Mom exists and sharing our stories of pride and failure in order to celebrate the messy, difficult, exhausting, exciting, awesome job that is to be a Mom.
Meet Courtney and her kids:
Tatumn Riley – girl age 11, soon to be 12
Turner Leighton – boy age 9
What do you love most about being a mom?
My kids have taught me that no matter how bad I think life is at times, I have them.
Life will never, never be bad when we have each other. They provide me with ultimately the most important thing we need in life, and that’s love. That’s what I love the most about being a mom, knowing I’m always loved….even when I am “ruining their life” by putting limitations on electronics or saying no to an unlimited supply of junk food.
I worry about raising my kids in this society because I think there is a lack of respect and a whole lot of entitlement in this world. I want my kids to know that respect is something you give to everyone, it can be lost, most definitely, but you always start out with respect.
I want my kids to work hard for what they have; I want them to appreciate the value of a dollar and the work it takes to make that dollar. You are not entitled to anything. Work hard and appreciate the fact that you are able to do the work, life can always be worse. Appreciate what you have, even if it’s not much.
I want my children to remember that I tried; I really, really tried. I failed at times, absolutely, but I never stopped loving them through the process and the mistakes I made were my mistakes and not theirs to carry.
I want them to remember the simple things that have made our life special, the everyday stuff.
Life can be really tough but it makes and molds us into who we are destined to be. My advice to new moms is to let go of the idea of perfection.
None of us are perfect moms, there is no such thing. Stop caring if your body has changed from having babies. Stop caring if you don’t feed your child all organic food. Stop caring if you can’t afford all the things you wish you could give them. Stop comparing & stop criticizing yourself. Have fun in this crazy role of motherhood! You are doing great! Your kids have all they need, you & your love.