The phrase 'it's the simple things that make the biggest difference,' really rings true when you're a mum. Being a parent is an unforgettable experience - hey, you made a tiny person, you deserve major credit. But it's the simple, everyday acts of motherhood that tend to make you feel like Superwoman. And on that empowering note, we've rounded up ten of our favourite things that we feel make being a mum truly amazing.
The fact that you are The Problem Solver
From the basics: showing them how to tie their shoelaces to the bad dream that they want banished, you, mum, are the go-to.Your problem-solving powers are infinite - there is nothing you can't do. Yes, including making those incredible Halloween costumes from bin bags, twigs and hanger wires.
The hugs and kisses
Is anything better — be it big wet kisses from a toddler to a quick embrace or peck on the cheek from a teenager? Hugs and kisses remind us that despite the hard work (the laundry, the dinner, the errands and constant to-do list), that they need us, love us, appreciate us - even alongside the times we think otherwise.
The new appreciation for your genes
So, maybe you were never mad about your dimples, but now that you see them on your gorgeous baby with the cutest smiles ever, you're thinking they might just be your best feature (FYI, they are). The fact that you are raising a little person and seeing just how gorgeous they are with some of your features is a rightful reminder that you really need to start appreciating your own gorgeous-ness more often.
Witnessing all the moments of wonder
It's generally accepted that one of the most amazing things about being a parent, especially when the kids are young, is that every moment is a new adventure. Seeing their eyes light up the first time the Christmas lights go on, to even loving the spin of the washing machine (every toddler ever) - it's all done with an innocence and a sense of awe.
The fact that your kids teach you to appreciate the here and now
As we grow older, we tend to get so caught up in general life madness that our kids help us stay in the moment. But when they get excited about the little things, puppies or the first time they go on a plane, it reminds you to really stay present. They inject happiness and joy into our every day and are a reminder they are just as important as making those big picture plans for our families.
Your new appreciation of the term 'messy'
Remember the days you used to throw a hissy fit because of three-day-old dinner dishes left in the sink? Yep, those days are no more when you become a mum to a small toddler. You just won't care that your living room is never clean because your baby is only thrilled it's full of toys and 'messy.' It ain't dust free but the baby's not crying. Messy doesn't seem so bad now, right?
Having a constant 'pal' to keep you company
Well, at least for the first 10 years before the teen angst sets in! Your little one truly becomes your mini-me; your constant companion and pal who dutifully and willingly goes everywhere with you on many adventures. From the weekly shop to 'helping' make dinner, you may feel many things (and a tiredness that will overcome all else ), but loneliness will never be one of them.
The very fact that you are raising a mini-human
Yes. You made this incredible being (MADE them), gave birth to him or her and now you're raising them so that they can venture out into the world and live happy, interesting lives. You are AMAZING.
Getting to experience special childhood moments again
As parents, we want to give our kids the same happy memories of childhood that we had growing up. So we take them on adventures, read them the books that we couldn't get enough of and show them the Disney films that we NEVER got sick of. As a mum, you witness these moments all over again, only this time, through the eyes of your kids. It's pretty darn special.
The fact that no other job ever makes you feel that good
Because there’s no other job in the world that makes you feel that important, that needed and that loved all in one go.