A New Appreciation for My Own Mom

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Mother's Day is great time to reflect on our own mothers -- so of course we thought featuring a post in our More than Mother's Day celebration that does just that would be a great idea. Becoming a mom myself allowed me to see my own mom with new eyes. Exhausted, sleep-deprived, eye-gunk-still-present eyes, but new eyes all the same. Sometimes we are filled with compassion for what we put our moms through and sometimes we realize that maybe we weren't as bad as we seemed at the time. It varies for each of us, but becoming a mom gives us insight to our own moms.

Three generations

Meghan at Phase Three of Life recently wrote about this topic and how having a child opened her eyes to her mom, to parenting, in ways she hadn't expected. I also shared her realization:

But mostly, you realize for the first time how much she loves you. Because now you know a mother's love, and you know how unmatched that love is with anything else in the universe.

She's the first person you want to call with bad news, with good news, or with you-won't-believe-what-my-kid-just-did news.

I've been a mom for 7-1/2 months, and I have so much to teach my kid. But I've been a daughter for 29 years, and I'm still learning from her.

What did you realize about your mom after you become one yourself?

That said, Sunday is Mother's Day. We'll be bringing you one last post in our More than Mother's Day celebration full up with some of your submissions. So be sure to submit what's on your heart about motherhood as we come up on Mother's Day. While you're relaxing on Sunday (right? that's what we want, right?), be sure to come back and read what others have shared.

 

Family Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is an editor, writer and photographer.

Photo Credit: cwinters.

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