Welcome to Mighty Mamas, an ongoing series where mamas share their candid and raw thoughts on motherhood. Our intention is to create a supportive forum for sharing without judgment. Mamas - you are so mighty! Let's use that strength to build a powerful group of wonderful women who believe in motherhood.
Each week, we'll ask our mighty mamas a different question and get each of their perspectives. Join us here each Monday as mighty mamas talk motherhood.
What is one thing that you never thought you would do as a mother and then did?
"LOL, I never thought my parents would come out of my mouth but they sure as heck have! I hear myself and have to stop as tell myself you sound just like your mom or dad depending on what I've said."
- Kayce, Mom to one, Preschool Teacher, Non Profit Founder
"Oh, man. Where do I begin? Wipe away snot with my bare hands? Pee while someone was sitting in my lap? In all seriousness, I never in a million years imagined that I would homeschool my children. I thought it was some sort of cultish lifestyle reserved for the fringe of society. However, I have since been educated, and it has proven to be the most awesome, rewarding journey and best option for my family at this time."
-Aimee, Mom to three, Homeschooling Stay at Home Mom, Writer, Blogger
"As I’m writing this, I’m wishing I had kept a log of all my “I thought I would never do this” moments because there are more than I expected. The one that stands out to me the most is crawling into my son’s crib with him for naps. My husband has photo proof and I’m sure he’d love to share with you all, but I’m thankful there’s no room for pictures here. Those were precious times though!"
- Brandi, Mom to two, Stay at Home Mom, Small Business Owner
"Lie to my kids or rather tell half truths. I guess I never considered a situation in where I would feel the need to lie before becoming a parent. I don't lie to them about Santa Claus being real, I just answer vaguely with lots of 'what do you think?'. I answer a lot of questions vaguely so they can believe what they want to. Most of the time its a balance between protecting their innocence and satisfying their curiosity. I walk the line a lot. Like when my oldest son asked me what people do with guns. My half truth was target practice. He pried and pried and for the life of me I couldn't think of anything else people would do with a gun than shoot at a target safely. He is too little to know the complete truth so I keep certain topics in the grey as I struggle to walk the line."
- Rachel, Mom to two, Marketing Business Analyst, Small Business Owner
"I told myself I would never drive an SUV, and I'm on my second one, lol. I also told myself I would never do cry it out sleep training and yet it was the only thing that worked to help us all get some sleep, and subsequently, improved everyone's moods and health. I learned you shouldn't knock it until you try it!"
-Kelly, Mom to two, School Secretary, Bookkeeper
"Stop sweating the small stuff...and yes, it's mostly all the small stuff."
-Dana, Mom to five, Grandma to five, Teacher
"I never thought I would utter the words “because I said so,” until I had a kindergartner whose main persuasion strategy appears to be repeatedly forcing me to justify decisions she disagrees with. I still don’t think “because I said so,” is an adequate answer, but I now understand how it can slip out in moments of frustration."
-Kasey, Mom to two, Attorney
"Take my infant out in public. By the time my youngest was born, my twins were 23 months old, and I just had to get out of the house sometimes, so I started taking them all to music classes when my youngest was still an infant - probably just a month or two old. She napped through most of class, and it was a struggle coordinating everything with toddler twins in tow, but it was also a breath of fresh air that I sorely needed."
- Amanda, Mom to three, Stay at Home Mom, Small Business Owner
"I never thought I could breastfeed my child. No one in my family had breastfed their babies, so I was wading through uncharted territory. The first two weeks were horrible, but my support ground told me to hang on and it all gets better at the 6-week mark - I made it. Then when my maternity leave was done, the challenge of pumping at work was introduced. I didn't have an awesome milk supply - there were days when I struggled to pump enough milk for him while he was at daycare - and believe me I got tired of washing/sterilizing bottles and lugging my pump around every day. But somehow I was able to do it.
22 months later, and we are still nursing strong. BUT I would have never been able to make it this far without the support of my husband, my friends, and the amazing nursing moms at work!"
-Yadhira, Mom to one, Engineering
"I never thought I'd allow my daughter to sleep in our bed. She slept in our bed for about 3 months straight! LOL."
- Komal, Mom to one, GIS Analyst, Small Business Owner
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD DO AS A MOTHER AND THEN DID?
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