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The #RockingMotherhood Tag

#ROCKINGMOTHERHOOD

I hadn’t heard of the #RockingMotherhood tag until I was tagged by Lynne at New Mummy Blog and Becky at Bringing up the Berneys (the idea originally came from Patricia at White Camellias).

Now I’ve seen loads of people’s #rockingmotherhood lists and boy are these women rocking it. I spend so long worrying if I’m doing it right, or feeling like a down right failure (3 year old who will not use the toilet unless he’s naked, regardless of what I do and try, fail!), but as you know I am big on positivity and this tag is all about the positivity so I’m in.

Elf Fun at Bluestone
Elf Fun at Bluestone

The rules are pretty simple if you want to join in too:

  1. Thank the blogger that tagged you and link to their blog.
  2. List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (this is just a guideline. It can be more or less than 10. I really don’t mind.
  3. Tag 3 – 5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag.
  4. Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar.

You can also tag in your tweet @whitecamellias for her to have a read and she’ll even RT it for you.

So, thank you Lynne, you lovely lady, how you found time to do this with a toddler at your heals and being, I’m guessing, exhausted because you’re pregnant I don’t know, but you rock, really rock motherhood.

Birthday Cuddles
Birthday Cuddles

#ROCKINGMOTHERHOOD, WHY I ROCK AT BEING MUMMY:

So as this is about motherhood, it seems fitting I address it to my little boy, he may agree or disagree in the following years, but here goes.

L, I’ve been asked for 10 reasons I think I’m a good mum, there are days when I’m not the best mum, days I yell and days I don’t do all things I’d like to, but overall I’d like to think I’m good at this motherhood thing and that in years to come you’ll look back at your childhood and think that me, your poor old mum, really did rock.

Puddle jumping
Puddle jumping
  1. I Carry You. I actually asked you if I was a good mummy whilst we were out walking today, you said yes and I asked why. You’re response was that I carry you. You’re a literal child and at that moment I was indeed carrying you, you were tired and clingy and a bit poorly, but I would carry you anywhere, everywhere. Literally or just by helping you. You only ever have to ask.
  2. I Put You First. It doesn’t matter what it is, you are my first and last thought. From little things like letting you eat all the carrots I had prepared for my Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve, to bigger things like taking a job I didn’t want just to make sure you have everything you need. I would give up anything for you and am always thinking about your well-being.
  3. I Tell You the Truth. You ask me something, anything, and I will always answer honestly. For your own good I may leave a few bits out, but it will always be the truth. Like when James bought us a dead bird. I explained that it was dead, but we shouldn’t be cross with James, it’s what cats do. No ‘it’s just sleeping from me’. OK I might occasionally tell you the batteries aren’t working on a toy that’s driving me crazy, so they have in actual fact been removed. Technically though, it’s still the truth, they aren’t working, you just think it’s because they’ve run out, instead of having been disconnected.

    Having fun at the park
    Having fun at the park
  4. We Laugh Together. You have the best laugh. You may find things funny that I don’t, but I will watch Peppa Pig with you, actually watch it and laugh with you. I will blow on your toes until you can’t stand laugh anymore. I will laugh at your jokes and ridiculous antics because I know that when I laugh you will do it more and we will laugh together.
  5. I Spend Time With You. It doesn’t matter how busy I am, I plan time into my day just for you. Housework can wait, although often you help me. If I’m busy writing, you will be next to me, ‘writing’ as well. I try my hardest to make sure we do nice things together, a trip to the zoo. A little trip out to a cafe for lunch together. Hanging out at the library. Or just cuddled together watching a movie. I always have time for you.
  6. I Spoil You. You will only be little for a while, so I will make the most of it. I enjoy treating you to little things. I love to get you a magazine that we can read together. Watching you open up a new toy and seeing your excitement fills me with so much joy I would do it everyday if I could. Baking a cake with you, just because you asked, is a pleasure. For as long as I am able, and for as long as you are the polite, deserving little boy that you are, I will spoil you and I will love it.

    Head in a bucket, why not
    Head in a bucket, why not
  7. I Teach You. I am trying to teach you everything. Manners, life skills, the difference between good and bad music, safety. Everything. I want you to be well rounded. I want to share my mistakes with you and my achievements. I helped you walk, I’m helping you talk, when the time comes it will be reading and maths I’m helping you with. But I’m also teaching you, though you probably just think we’re playing, about housework and responsibility, kindness and just how to be a nice person.
  8. I Am Patient. Well I try to be. There are times when I run of out of patience, when that happens though you will have really gone too far. As a general rule though I can handle a whole heap of toddler crazy. I will ride out the tantrums. In the middle of the night when you are determined you cannot sleep unless I am laying on the cold floor beside you then I will patiently wait, holding your hand until you fall asleep. On the days you have decided that nothing is right, I will patiently offer you the available options and wait, and wait, and wait until you choose one of them.

    Great new look
    Great new look
  9. I Say I’m Sorry. On those very un-rocking motherhood moments, those moments where I snap. Where I shout or cry, or we both cry. I will always apologise to you. I will always explain why everything just happened and will say how sorry I am that I shouted. I want you to know that emotions do get the better of us, but that so long as we realise and make good our mistakes, it’s OK. I’m not perfect.
  10. I Love You. More than anything in this world. For all the things I’m not so great at. For all the mistakes I make. I truly believe the reason that I’m Rocking Motherhood stems purely from my love for you. That’s the reason we are all #RockingMotherhood, we may have different methods and do different things, but we all love our kids with a passion that is scary.

    Just trying to smother me with his giraffe
    Just trying to smother me with his giraffe

I have tagged some more amazing mums to take part in the #RockingMotherhood tag should they wish:

Zoe – The Tale Of Mummyhood

Clare – Mumsy Midwife

Kim – My Mummy Reviews

8 thoughts on “The #RockingMotherhood Tag”

  1. I love that you say you are sorry. I think it’s so important to teach our children to have the strength to apologise if they need to. Thanks so much for the tag and for linking up to #Blogstravaganza! I’ll let you know when my post is live 🙂 hope to see you again next week xx

    1. That’s what I think. We all shout, we are just going to, but I always apologise and explain why I shouted. Now he’s a bit older he then apologises to me as well and we hug it out. Can’t wait to read your’s 🙂

  2. Firstly thank you for taking part. So sweet he appreciates you carrying him. I couldn’t agree more with your last point too. We love our children unconditionally and deeply and to us they will always come first and everything we do will always have them in mind. You sure are #RockingMotherhood

  3. Excellent reasons for rocking motherhood! I’ve just finished writing up my post for the tag, it was so fun to write and nice to reflect for a moment on what I do right as I am usually berating myself instead. #blogstravaganza

    1. I think that’s why I loved the idea behind this tag so much! I’m always thinking and what I’m doing wrong or could improve, Instagram of focusing on the good stuff. Can’t wait to read yours x

  4. You’re so rocking motherhood! I love that you carry L, and he told you that – it’s something H asks for and I’m getting to the stage that I can’t really do it (OK, shouldn’t!) and I feel terrible. Laughing and spending time together, are the best things, making each moment count, Lynne x
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