Maybe it’s because we just had a whole day to celebrate moms, or maybe it’s the double BOB stroller I’m pushing these days (we welcomed a sweet little baby boy into our family just a few months ago!), but right now I’m very aware that motherhood is a huge responsibility.
This may sound obvious but seriously, it’s a really big responsibility.
We’re responsible for providing shelter and for making sure our kids are clothed when leaving the house (princess dresses, rain boots on a sunny day, and Halloween costumes all count as clothing).
We’re responsible for constantly weighing the need to keep them safe against the need to encourage them to have fun and be independent (how likely is it that she’ll fall into that pond while feeding those fish?).
We’re responsible for answering questions (so. many. questions.), managing tantrums, remembering where the other shoe is, and for determining whose turn it is to go down the slide.
We’re also responsible for making sure our children are offered food. Really good food. The kind of food that will help them dance like a ballerina, jump like a superhero, think clearly, behave properly, and grow to reach their full potential in every sense of the word.
It’s no wonder we’re in bed by ten (okay, usually nine).
But of all our responsibilities there’s one that’s the most important of all, the responsibility to set a good example. These little people in our homes are programmed to become big people and in order to do so they’re watching everything we do. Whether we realize it or not, we’re teaching them some very important things like how to be kind, how to love, and how to share, simply by going through our daily lives.
We’re also modeling how to eat well, how to cook, how to enjoy food, and how to take care of ourselves.
So with that in mind it’s time to recommit to doing the things we would tell our kids to do.
We deserve to sit down and eat lunch at a table with a fork (crazy, I know). We deserve to invest in good ingredients and spend time making a big salad with lots of fresh vegetables. We deserve to enjoy really good chocolate. We deserve to spend a Saturday exercising or having brunch with a dear friend.
Because of all the things we’re responsible for, believing that we deserve these things and showing our children that they do too may be the most important responsibility of them all.
We’re all in this together and some mom days are better than others (am I right?!). Share this if you agree because this just might be what someone needs to hear today!
Lots of love,
P.S. if you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to eat well, cook more often, and still keep the train on the tracks join the Real Food House community.