Have you ever sat down and really thought about your BIG goals for motherhood? Beyond the daily tasks of keeping your children fed and clean and healthy. What is the bigger picture for your goals as a mother and how will you accomplish them? These are my 3 goals for motherhood.
I sat down recently and came up with my top 3 goals for motherhood. I was actually surprised at how “deep” they ended up being for me. But I think it helps to have these really large goals that can help guide your journey through motherhood so you don’t get lost in the small decisions every day.
Teach them through patience and love
I read something recently that I posted on my Facebook wall that really got me thinking. It is something I think all moms have done at one time or another. It was about fear based parenting – for example, saying “Come here right now or I am going to leave you”. It is reverse physiology in a negative format. It implies that you will leave your children or not love them if they disobey.
My three year old is like a tiny learning sponge! She picks things up so quickly, even things I am not consciously trying to teach her. Something I need to be mindful of is that children learn every minute of the day through every experience they have – not just what we want them to learn or what we are trying to each them
So my number one goal is to teach my daughters through patience and love. Since they are always learning, that means my goal is to treat them with love and patience every day, all day.
Raise kind and big-hearted daughters
My second goal for motherhood is to raise daughters who are kind and generous and have a giving spirit. In order to teach them that, I need to be kind and big-hearted myself. Modeling good behavior is one of the best ways to teach our children. Remember, kids are tiny learning sponges and they will naturally take in what you show them.
Sarah Ann from Faith Along The Way has a great summer scavenger hunt printable which includes “Do a service project or act of kindness.” This would be the perfect opportunity to model kindness and also have some summer fun with your kids.
An added benefit of modeling the behavior you want to see in your children is that you will improve your own character in the process.
Help them change the world for the better
Our children are our lifeline to the future. My third goal is to help my daughters change the world for the better. As a mom, I feel that my time to change the world will one day be passed on to my daughters. I need to prepare them to take action and realize that they don’t just go through their daily lives without purpose. Their purpose is to change the world for the better.
Not in one large way, but in small ways, every day.