Being a mom is probably the most important job in the world – we’ve all heard that, and it’s true. You’re bringing up the next generation of wonderful, intelligent, loving, creative, responsible people. That’s a big deal!
And while you love being a mom, and wouldn’t trade that part of your life for anything, sometimes juggling motherhood, your relationship with your significant other, business and career, friendships, and trying to take care of yourself (which, by the way, is very important) gets a bit tough. We all want to be Supermom and to be everything and do everything, but it this possible? Being a Supermom is possible, but you have to learn how to empower yourself to be the kind of Supermom that you feel you need to be, keeping in mind that the title Supermom doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone.
Defining Supermom – Who Is She?
Your definition of Supermom probably isn’t the same as your neighbor’s, or even your mother’s, and that’s important to recognize. Certainly, there are some common characteristics that most everyone would agree apply to a Supermom. Supermoms always:
- Make sure their children are properly cared for as far as health and comfort.
- Spend quality time with their kids – playing, reading, crafting, snuggling, etc.
- Teach their children valuable life lessons – gently.
- Are involved in their children’s lives, attending activities and helping with homework as often as possible.
- Let their children know that they are loved and valued in many ways.
- Always strive to set a good example for their children.
Interestingly, the above characteristics are open to a lot of interpretation. Just what is proper care, and how does a Supermom tell her kids that she loves them? What about other things?
Aren’t Supermoms supposed to be the head of the PTA, volunteer at day camp, and be their kid’s soccer coach? And aren’t they supposed to also have a spic and span home, and a high-powered job as an executive, and look like a million bucks at all times? Aren’t Supermoms supposed to have endless energy? Realistically, even Supermoms aren’t all of these things and can’t do all of these things all of the time.
You have to define your own Supermom self. If you start paying attention to what everyone else is doing, and what you’re seeing on the TV, you might soon begin to feel like you’re not making the grade, no matter how hard you try. Your “mommy duties” are indeed very important, but so is the rest of your life, and taking care of yourself. Realizing this is where empowering yourself to be a great mom, and a great woman begins.
A Supermom does pay close attention to her children. She talks to them and listens to them. She acts as soccer coach or teaches Sunday school if she has the time and the other resources to do so. She may or may not work outside of the home, depending on circumstances, and because she’s pretty busy, her house might not be perfect. Supermoms might not look or act like June Cleaver or the mom down the street who is also a bank president.
You have to define Supermom for yourself, and that’s the start to empowering yourself. Remember that you bring your own special qualities to everything you do! Take some time to really consider what you believe qualifies someone as a Supermom. Is it setting a good example, or teaching your children to be financially responsible? Is it showing your kids the importance of health and exercise by cooking healthy meals and taking the kids out for exercise and play every day? Is it taking time to take care of yourself, instilling in your children the importance of self-care as a lifelong habit? You have to decide.
Mommy duties can be daunting sometimes. We get stressed out by them. Many of us have jobs outside of the home and we would like to participate in our hobbies and even have some alone time once in awhile. Balance is important for everyone, even busy moms.
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