No matter how hard it is, I want you to know—I’m so lucky to be your mom

My role as your mother is an honor and a privilege.

No matter how hard it is, I want you to know—I’m so lucky to be your mom

I write about how grueling motherhood can be. I complain to my sister about how overwhelmed I am. I cry to my husband when I’m feeling unsure of my abilities as a mom. I force myself to take “me time” here and there to recharge and come back to mom life fresh and focused.

And, truth be told, motherhood is hard. Insanely, monumentally, enormously hard.

But one thing I always want you to know, my dear children, is that no matter how hard it gets—I am always going to feel (beyond) lucky to be your mama.

In the frustrating times.

When you decide to go ahead and eat all the cookies when I turn my back.

When you grab your sister’s toy from her that I know you don’t even like anymore.

When you tell me I’m a mean mommy.


When you run around like a wild woman at bedtime because—nope(!)—going to sleep isn’t in the cards for you right now.

When you won’t get in your car seat and insist you’re “allowed” to sit in the front seat.

In the tiring times.

When you wake up at 3:00 a.m. for seemingly no reason at all.

When you won’t nap no matter what I do, even though I know you desperately need it.

When you want to run and play and do all the things, and I am physically exhausted from it all.

When you come into bed with us and proceed to kick and flail on me all night, consistently waking me up.

When you’ve needed to nurse at 11:00 p.m., 1 a.m., and 5 a.m. Oh! And that 3:30 a.m. session that you snuck in there, too.

In the exciting times.

When you took your first steps.

When you plopped down and clapped for yourself when you were done.

When you said “I love you” for the first time.

When you proclaim, You are THE BEST MOMMY IN THE WORLD!”

When you sing your ABC’s like a boss.

In the happy times.

When we sing happy birthday to you and you enthusiastically blow out the candles and announce your wish.

When you ask me to lie with you while you fall asleep.

When you take my hand and say, Come on, Mama…”

When you show kindness to your sister, or cousin or friend at a play date.

When I get ready for a night out and you see me for the first time and you say, Mom, I love your hair and your lipstick, and your eyes, and your dress, and your earrings, and your face.”

In the bittersweet times.

When you give me a quick kiss and a wave and zoom into school at drop off.

When you’re not feeling well, and only cuddles from mom can make you better.

When you start becoming more independent—putting your shoes on by yourself, brushing your teeth by yourself, getting dressed without any help.

When you fall and get hurt at the playground and look for me to come help, then you sink right into me when I pick you up because only mama can fix it.

When you sayMom” a lot more than “Mommy” or “Mama.”

In the future times to come.

When you graduate high school and head off to college.

When you fall in love for the first time.

When you find your true passion in life and are brave enough to go after it and live it out.

When you get married and I have the honorable title of “mother of the bride.”

When you become a mother yourself for the first time. And I get the joy of becoming a grandmother.

Or even if you don’t do any of that and choose another path—I will always feel lucky and always feel proud of you.

I am basking in the glory of getting to be your mom. I am cherishing these moments and I am loving you with my whole entire being.

My role as your mother is an honor and a privilege.

It is why I wake up in the morning.

It is why I smile so wide.

It is why I am so proud of this life we share.

It is why I can’t wait to squeeze you when you wake up.

It is why I work so hard.

It is why my heart is overflowing with love.

It is why I am who I am.

Thank you for choosing me to be ‘Mom’. I am the luckiest.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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