Mother's Day is this coming weekend so I wanted this blog post to be about my mom. My mom is awesome and I am so happy to have been raised by her. I don't say it as much as I should but I am very grateful for all the things that she taught me. Without her influence and encouragement, I can't imagine Thea-Bel even existing. Not to mention that I'm a much better mother as a result of her teachings.
In this post I have put together a list of 10 things that my mom has taught me. There are many other things but I would have to write a novel for that...
I hope you enjoy this list.
10 Things I Learned From My Mom
In no particular order, here are just some of the things that I have learned from my mom.
1. Dancing Always Makes Cleaning More Enjoyable
I can remember mom putting on her favorite music and dancing around the house while she dusted. It was us being silly while singing along and busting some ridiculous dance moves. The thing is, the job still got done but we had so much more fun doing it. She taught me that even the most boring of tasks can be fun.
2. Taking Care of Others Shows Your Inner Strength
There is nothing as self-less as taking care of someone else, whether it is young children or elderly parents. This is a tough job, not for the faint of heart. Since becoming a mom myself, I especially appreciate how strong you need to be to raise a toddler!
3. Multi-Tasking Is Just Part of Being a Mom
Whether it is cooking dinner while also helping with homework or testing us on our spelling lists while being a chauffeur, moms are very good at doing multiple things at the same time, my mom was no exception. I'm getting pretty good at this as a mom myself but I have a long way to go if I want to measure up to what my mom is able to do.
4. Learning is Just Not Just For School But Part of Every Day Life
I love learning and can credit my mom for first teaching me the joy of discovering and mastering new things. She introduced me to books early on and for this I am forever thankful. Learning is not just for school but instead is something that happens every day.
5. Being Assertive Does Not Mean Being Rude
My mom is one of those people who can call a hotel about how she had a bad experience and they will give her a free room as an apology. She does this in a polite, no no nonsense approach that I am still trying to master. Never rude or with a raised voice, she has a knack for getting things done and has taught me that you can get what you want without yelling or being rude.
6. Family Always Has Your Back
A mother's love is really something special. No matter what I do, I know my mom will always love me and has my back. I may not always like what she does but my best interests are always considered.
7. Being Organized Makes Everything Run More Smoothly
My mom is incredibly organized. She has lists for just about anything and I am happy to say that I am following in her footsteps. Taking the time to have a plan, makes everything run more smoothly.
8. If You Don't Like Something, Fix It
My mom taught me that if I see something that needs to be fixed, instead of waiting around for someone else to do it I should do it myself. This could be something small like reorganizing a drawer as it isn't efficient to signing up for a committee as I think I can do the job better than it is currently being done.
9. There is Always Another Side to Every Story
My mom was really good at teaching me empathy. Whenever I got into an argument with someone she always reminded me to look at things from the other side, what was the other person thinking and feeling. Often changing perspectives made me realize what I could do to solve the problem or at least come to a compromise.
10. Saying Thank You is Very Important
My mom took the time to teach me how to say thank you. It may seem silly but there is a proper way to thank someone. Being grateful and taking the time to express how thankful you are can go a long way to ensure people continue to assist you throughout life. Everything from finding the right job to getting recommendations for vacuums will go a lot smoother if people want to help you.
Well that was my list, what is on yours? In honour of Mother's Day please let me know in the comments some of the things your mom taught you.