The Mom Project was born in 2013 – with the goal to encourage Moms to get in the picture with their kids. It has grown to include Moms telling their story of Motherhood, with hopes that we can see that us we are more alike than we think. We all want the best for our kids. We all worry about their futures, and we are all pretty sure we are messing it up. No comparisons needed, we are all on this journey together.
1) What do you love most about being a Mom?
I love the ordinary moments that are filled with extraordinary giggles, smiles and fun. It is amazing to watch him learn and figure out the world around him. Every stage has been full of favorites: baby snuggles, watching him stretch as he wakes up, and watching him giggle as he plays hide and seek or goes down a slide.
2) What do you worry about the most raising kids today?
My goal is not worry about everything but that is no easy task with a toddler in the house! I worry about the obvious safety concerns, especially with an inquisitive little man who is constantly looking for new adventures. Another common worry is if we are doing it right. As I watch how everything he encounters makes him into the adult he will become it sometimes feels like a very heavy weight as we try to support him in growing into a compassionate, independent, and courageous adult.
3) What do you hope your children will remember about you and their childhood?
I hope he has memories of time spent as a family doing things together on ordinary days, special occasions and family vacations. I also hope he remembers a family where he had freedom to be himself and where he learned to accept and care for others.
4) What advice do you have for new moms?
Enjoy every moment and remember this too shall pass. When you are exhausted and up in the middle of the night, snuggling a sick baby or when your little one is teething remember it is just a stage. This really helped me to appreciate even the tough moments since you never know when it will be the last time you will be up at 3 AM with the opportunity to rock a baby back to sleep.