I have been thinking a lot about the roles that I play in my life at the moment. At the top of the heap, is being a mother. I take this role very seriously, and get the most enjoyment out of this role. Being a single mom, I have a lot on my plate, but I feel I am up to the task.
I believe as mothers we are armed with the greatest task of all, preparing our children for the world and hopefully giving them the foundation and the knowledge to make the best choices for themselves so they can grow and blossom into the people they were meant to be.
I am like every other mother, wondering if I am too strict, not strict enough, am I providing her with the best examples of what a woman should encompass, am I giving her the tools she needs to succeed in her life?
I can now look back objectively at what perhaps my own mother faced raising not one, but three girls. Children do not come with instruction booklets, and at the end of the day, all we can do, is the best we can do. And when you know better, you do better.
As with most things in life, knowledge is key. Sometimes though, the most important part is deciphering where to obtain that knowledge. In this modern age, there is almost information overload, literally at our fingertips. It can be easy to get caught up in somebody else's ideas of what's right.
Every now and again I have learned to step back, take a deep breath, and focus on me. The Authentic me. She usually provides me with good direction, if I can just learn to listen to her!