8 Things I Refuse to Give Up Just Because I’m a Mom
Motherhood comes with sacrifice, there is no doubt about it. But while I once thought motherhood meant my life would be lost forever, a version of it I would never quite fully recognize again, these days, I am refusing to believe that motherhood means being miserable.
Now that I'm a little older and wiser, I am reclaiming my life. And it starts with admitting the things that I have refused to give up just because I'm a mom.
- Singing in the car. Let my kids be embarrassed, I have no shame. It's me and Britney forever, folks.
- Sleep. Sure it may not come on the regular anymore and sure, I may have to catch up on it at the strangest moments (In the school pick-up line? Why not?), but I am proud to say that I refuse to glorify sleep deprivation. I am a far better person when I can get sleep and some nights, that means letting my hubs completely deal with the screaming demons. I am 100% OK with that.
- Me time. About once a month, I indulge in some me time. We are lucky enough to have massage care covered by our insurance (I know, I know, but I promise my teacher husband's salary is nothing to be too jealous of) and I take full advantage of it. It's one thing in my life I refuse to feel guilty about.
- My passions. I love writing, I love reading, and I love exploring new things. I may not do them as often as I would like, but they are still a part of me and it's important to honor those things that make me me.
- Exercise. Nope, not having it. Everyone has the things in their lives that make them feel alive and mine happens to be some sort of physical activity, mostly because I am so lazy in other aspects of my life. I know someday I will be old or sick and can't move like I do now, so until then I appreciate all the running and weight-lifting I can. My kids know this and usually join in with me, so win-win!
- Getting in the water. I don't care what happens to my hair, I'm joining in on the fun with my kids, dang it all.
- The last bite of dessert. Listen, I gave birth to you, so you can share with me, OK?
- Traveling. I try to take as many small trips as I can with my kids and while they don't always go as planned (my daughter getting pneumonia on the last one comes to mind), I still think they are important. Having a family means exploring together and that's something I hope I never give up.
What do you refuse to give up now that you're a mom?