A recent SheByShe parenting survey revealed women believe it is much more challenging to be a mother today than when they were raised. Finding time to be a good parent, protecting children from a dangerous world and an over-saturated, salacious entertainment industry are some of the top challenges for mothers today. Still, women continue to celebrate the joys of motherhood.
Mothers today bask in small, everyday accomplishments and simple smiles from their children, as well as the heartwarming glory of seeing children successfully step into the world of adults.
Here are real women’s words about the blessedness of being a mom:
The joy is in the everyday interactions - enjoying their sense of humor, sharing personal jokes that only make our family laugh, seeing them make adjustments for the sake of someone else. There has not been one big moment of joy, but lots of little priceless moments.
Watching my babies grow and knowing I have done a good job.
Having a healthy, happy, balanced, considerate and loving daughter who is now evolving into a successful adult.
The greatest joy I have is seeing my son overcome challenges. I'm not talking about the milestones that kids reach at the appropriate developmental age. It's the things that he works and works at to finally master even though that milestone ship has come and gone. We worked for months on jumping. Yes, jumping gave us trouble, but the first time he did it, that smile was priceless.
Loving someone completely, wholly, and unconditionally. Knowing that every time I see them smile or laugh or giggle that my heart is being filled with yet another ounce of love until it is forced to expand and grow and achieve goals I never thought possible. There's a reason why the Prophet Muhammad said that heaven is at the feet of your mothers, because heaven truly is at the feet of those who endure the most pain, but answer with the most love.
Playing and exploring with my small boy
Just the fact that she is here, and she is mine
Hearing my son call me 'mommy' for the first time
Having these two beautiful little people to love and raise. They are truly amazing and I don't know how I wasn't ever a mom!
Watching my kids learn. It makes everything old new again.
When she does something new, learns something or just feels good about herself.
Being there for my kids during the good and the not so good times.
When they get what they want for xmas and birthdays
Everything was a joy. There was no single moment. One was good at schoolwork. Another was good at sports and the last was a great socializer. They all made me laugh and smile and cry at one time or another.
Watching them grow and seeing the world through there eyes--with so much excitement and curiosity!
Seeing my daughters as independent, happy, loving and successful adults.
Seeing my children follow their dreams and become empathetic and loving individuals
Watching personalities grow--especially the sense of humor
To raise them and see the change in them and notice how some mature and some are slower at it
My children's laughter, their joy, getting to experience the world through them
Seeing developmental goals and the personality of my son emerge
Seeing my kids happy and carefree
Having all 3 and helping them on a day to day basis grow
Seeing them as happy individuals pursuing and achieving their goals
Doing things together
Watching my son grow
Seeing my kids do well in school
Seeing the successful adults they've become
Enjoying kids as babies
Seeing my son grow and mature and figure things out for himself.
Seeing my children succeed
Spending every moment with my baby and watching her reach milestones
Kids asleep at night, happy and healthy
Watching my children conquer their fears
The joy of being her mother
The emotional connection I have with my kids, watching them grow and develop. Amazing.
Her smiles. That's all that matters.
When she discovers new interests and strengths.
Seeing my child grow and develop
Seeing them truly happy because we did a family activity
Waking up to them every morning.
Being there for all my child's successes and having others notice how ahead she is.
Seeing them grow, learn & become themselves.
Watching her learn new things
Watching them smile and be happy
Loving and caring for a special person
To see them grow to be responsible adults
Love & laughter & every day joys!
Watching my children grow and have fun
Watching them grow and love
Seeing my children reach their goals
Knowing they are loving children
Seeing my children happy and provided for