Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I am the best

Am I the only mother that scrolls through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and sometimes feel a little lazy? 

It seems like motherhood has become a competition. I'm sure it has always been this way, we just see more of it thanks to the above sites that we all know and love - or love to hate.

There are so many types of moms in this world:

You have moms who have their babies in hospitals and you have moms who choose home births. You also have moms who choose the drugs or choose to do it natural.

You have moms who choose to breast feed and you have moms who choose formula.

You have moms who go above and beyond to prove their 6 month old can says words/sentences, sing the alphabet, and count to three. Obviously their kids are better than yours. 

You have moms who roll their eyes at the other moms and continue to play peek-a-boo and "This little piggy goes to the market" with pudgy little toes and not worry about the fact that their 6 month olds are not as "advanced."

There are stay at home moms and working moms. I could probably write a whole post just on this! Both moms think their job is harder than the other and you almost feel like a majority of the motherhood population enjoy the role of being a martyr when you hear how hard their life is and so-and-so doesn't even realize how good she has it.  Woe is me.

Not trying to step on any toes...just an observance. 

You have moms who put their kids in public school and you have moms who homeschool. 

You have moms who choose to immunize their children and moms who choose not to. 

You have moms who are health nuts and you have moms who don't really care if their kids have soda before age 5. 

You have moms who spank and moms who think that is abuse. 

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. 

So who who is the best mom? 

Does it really matter? 

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10-31

Strive to be the best you can be. Love and enjoy your husband, your children, your home. Enjoy the short amount of days you have on this earth with the your loved ones. 

We all have different stories.

We all married different people and our children all develop at different stages.

We all have houses to clean and dinner to prepare.

I am not better than you, and you're not better than me.

We are all moms who are doing our best to raise great kids - and that's all that matters.

Stop looking down your nose at other moms and their choices they make.  Put that time and energy looking at yourself and making sure you are being the best wife and mother you can be to your family.

If you are striving to do your best then don't worry about the rest!


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