My daughters are currently at an age where I am intrinsically involved in their everyday lives. From the moment they wake, till the second I watch them nod off to sleep. I carefully plan and watch over them, protecting and nurturing them and try my best to ensure their happiness even if it makes me feel utterly exhausted at times.
However, in spite of my tired days, they too do great and wonderful things for me in equal measure, if not more. The things they do inspire me and brings boundless joy into my life.
They have shown me that there is beauty in everything. I have learnt to appreciate what’s around me. What is normally ordinary for me, is brand new and mysterious and has endless possibilities to them. I see things for the first time again through their eyes.
They remind me of the joys of childhood. Having my babies has given me no option but to lie on the floor with them, colour in or play tea parties with all the cuddly toys we can find.
My empathy towards others has grown. I now understand what it means to be a mama. The hardest job in the world is parenting and until I had my own children I didn’t fully appreciate how hard all the Mums and Dads work to raise all the littles of the world. Including my own Mum and Dad. Its made me value how hard they worked for me. I also have so much more patience and a greater understanding for other children as living with two small girls has taught me so much about the way they think and feel.
They make me feel like the luckiest person on the planet. I can’t help but look at my children on a daily basis and feel an immense amount of pride. It’s a feeling that cannot be manufactured. I am truly a grateful to be their Mama.
They show me how simple & wonderful life can be. They live in the moment and enjoy things for what they are. They accept and see the good in others without judgement. There is no need to over complicate things when all I really need to have a good time is a sense of humour and a kind heart.
They make me feel hopeful for the future. My girls are strong, intelligent and resilient. They give me hope for the future of girls and women in a masculine dominated world. They also remind me of my own strengths as a woman and make me feel empowered.
In short, they enrich my life in many wonderful ways.
So let’s celebrate our daughters for being who they are, which for me is nothing short of amazing!