When you think about the important things your mom taught you growing up, what are some of the first things that come to mind? For me, I don’t have a lot of memories from when I was a small child, but I do remember the things that matter most.
I can think back to my childhood and what I see is a mom that struggled with all the things that I now struggle with as a mom myself. She wasn’t perfect and thank goodness for that, because I learned that not being a perfect mom was okay. The truth is I’m glad she wasn’t afraid to show me her imperfections. It’s actually exactly what made her the best mom God could have given me.
The lessons my mom taught me by watching her were things that went so much further than I ever could have known. She taught me invaluable things like that saying you were sorry when you were wrong was not a sign of weakness, but instead that of strength.
She showed me how to be kind and compassionate to people, even those that were complete strangers. To this day, I make it my goal to smile at those people I come in contact with on a daily basis.
By watching her I learned that times were not always easy and that sometimes they would be downright tough. However, over time I saw my mom become a stronger and better person for the things she overcame. Through her I recognized that I too could find strength in my darkest times.
My mom taught me about giving as a parent. I never realized (or maybe I did and just didn’t care) growing up the sacrifices that my mother made for us to have the things we needed as kids. As a parent myself now, I understand the things you give up to make sure that your children are provided for.
Most of all, the thing I picked up on from my mom over the years was that love was a guarantee when it came to how she felt about me. There were times growing up that I am pretty sure both my parents wondered what they had gotten themselves into. However, never once did I doubt their love.
My mom could be tough and at times I may not have liked what she said, but it was all part of being my MOM. I comprehend as a mother myself now what she meant when she would say, “I’m not your friend, I’m your mom”.
Thank goodness she was strong enough to be that for me back then, because it allows her now to be not only my mom, but my best friend as well.
This post was inspired by Olay’s Facebook Page. They are currently encouraging people to sign a declaration that says your mom is or was your “Beauty by Example”. My mom was definitely that for me and hopefully I was able to show you that in my above post.
I have signed the declaration and would love if you would join me. For every person who signs the declaration, P&G will donate one ounce of Olay product (up to one million ounces) to look good feel better – a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of women undergoing treatment for cancer.
While we all know the importance of inside beauty, it sure makes us feel better to look nice on the outside too. Olay products are a great way to keep the appearance of your skin looking and feeling its best.
Giveaway: In honor of MOMS who showed up “Beauty by Example“