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Happy International Women’s Day, mama!
According to un.org International Women’s Day is “…a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.”
I think that sounds pretty great. And why not celebrate women? We are pretty amazing!
And look at you, mama!
You’re a hard working, loving, patient, courageous special needs mama. I think you’re worth celebrating, don’t you?
I’ve celebrated International Women’s Day ever since I can remember. I was born in former USSR and immigrated to the US with my family when I was 7. Celebrating March 8th was usually done with my father bringing all the women of the household flowers and just saying “Happy March 8th!” As I got older and became involved in my church youth we had a whole day dedicated to celebrating. It was usually when the young men got to plan some kind of event and surprise all the girls with something special. Again, there were lots of flowers involved.
Today March 8th, International Women’s Day to me means celebrating every women, young and old. Celebrating our uniqueness, our beauty, our strength and our wisdom.
As special needs moms I think that we don’t always feel celebrated or appreciated. And there are way more tough day’s than we would like to admit. So this March 8th I want to share some advice.
Not from me this time! But from different moms, different ages, in different stages, of different cultures. We all have
I’m sure you will find something that will help you out with whatever you’re struggling with.
Advice for Moms
Kids grow up so fast…enjoy them now, enjoy them while they’re little.
Try to spend as much time as you can with your kids, talking to them, reading, playing.
Always pray with them at bedtime.
If you have more than one child, spend time with them together and individually.
Ask your child’s opinion, and listen to what they say.
One mom said “Having kids has humbled me beyond belief.”
Someone once wrote , “before I had kids, I had a list of 10 ways to raise them – now I have 10 kids, and no list. (Each one is different)
Learn to forgive yourself, parenting doesn’t have a handbook.
It’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay not to have all the answers.
Even when you are upset at your kids for not doing what you ask them to do be lenient and love them unconditionally anyways. Don’t get angry with them. Teach them in love! That doesn’t mean you can not be straight forward and strict.
Take a deep breath… is it worth getting so upset? Sometimes we have to let little things go so we can have our own peace!
Always find time for what you enjoy!! If it’s a cocktail night with hubby or the girls… or if it’s taking your kid/s to the park… whatever YOUR happiness is, take the time to enjoy that!!
Giving up things or even people you enjoy is a must when you first start your journey, they can be NO distraction. You are studying this child, learning everything you need to know to better care for this child, you are studying information and attending workshops, conferences to become this child’s advocate/ lawyer, teacher, and for some caregivers. Things and people can become distractions and you can miss your way to where you need to be !
Changing your expectations for your child is not giving up, it’s discovering what’s most important.
There you have it! Some great advice from some lovely mamas.
Need more encouragement and inspiration? Check out what the Bible has to say for you.
You got this, mama!