What does it mean to be a mother

I wanted to start this article off by explaining what a mother really is. In all honesty, the thought was much simpler to generate than the explanation. I believe everyone will have their own opinion on this topic and I don’t think one could necessarily be wrong. This article is about what a mother is to me.

To me being a mom is a lot more than giving birth to a new life, don’t get me wrong; giving birth is a brave thing to do and it isn’t easy, but being a mother is so much more. A mother puts their children’s needs above all else, being a mother is staying in on a Friday night cuddling on the couch watching a Disney movie while your friends are out and about. Being a mom is wiping snotty noses and getting up at 3 am to hold your baby when she is teething. Being a mom is much more than actions, it is a feeling, it is an unbreakable connection. Perhaps the simplest word to use for a mom is love.  We love unconditionally and with every part of ourselves. We love until there is no more love to be given because in the end, seeing a smile on your little one’s face is the best feeling in the world.

Here are a few responses from mothers on “What does it mean to be a mother?”

“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value in learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves. It is my greatest hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!”

—Courtney Westlake
blogger, Blessed By Brenna

“Motherhood is truly a remarkable gift and a privilege that I hold very close to my heart. To me, being a mother means to be fearless, to be a positive role model, to be a continuous cheerleader for every milestone my children will experience, to demonstrate the abundance of unconditional love that has no end and to cherish the countless memories that are truly priceless.”

—Eluka Moore
Co-Founder & Author, Kitchen Club Kids

“To me, being a mother is the greatest job in the world. Helping my girls through all the things life throws them, while also lifting them up so they can reach for the stars and grab one! That’s what being a mom is all about—always being there—the shoulder to cry on, the cheerleader to never give up, the one that gives the standing ovation, the familiar hand to hold.”

—Bobbie Rhoads
Founder & President, FunBites LLC

“Being a mother means being completely and totally overwhelmed (in the best possible way) by love, joy, responsibility, and selflessness. Motherhood means sleepless nights, big belly laughs, caterpillars on the coffee table, finger-painting in the kitchen, stubbed toes, and gapped toothed grins. Motherhood has made life more colourful than I ever knew it could be. Being a mom means I have two little people who walk around with my heart and soul in the palms of their sweet, smudgy hands.”

—Lauren Casper

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